As Moldavite's Value Grows, So Does the Market for Fakes!
How to spot a FAKE Moldavite
We suddenly saw a spiked interest in the famous galactic gem, Moldavite. Almost every day someone casually walks into the shop asking if we have any Moldavite. My team and I weren't quite sure why the suddenly enthusiasm over this crystal but we were quickly informed of a viral Tik Tok video that has the metaphysical realm in a frenzy.
Recently, I had a new customer walk into my shop concerned she bought a fake Moldavite from a local shop in the area. My team quickly called me over from my office to investigate and identify this green specimen for her. After she casually shopped the store and made her way to the counter to purchase some gem buddies she was drawn to, Yvonne advised her that I was the owner and that I would be able to help assist her with her question. She intriguingly hands me a small pendant on a sterling silver chain. It didn't take very long for me to see the definition and texture of this piece to be a quick fake. There were other small gems around this piece that I could only assume were also fake. You don't simply place a fake stone in with real stones. If one is fake, the rest are as well. Which is why I felt so prompted to write a quick article on this topic.
As I went over the details as to why the questioned gem was fake, she became very concerned. She continued to tell us that she spent over a hundred dollars for this tiny piece of plastic. Yvonne and I were in complete shock over the price of such a tiny piece of jewelry but this is no surprise when I hear shop owners simply see a comity in highly desired gems and how they can profit from others in this way. With that said, I'd like to quickly add that God made these gems to be of great benefit to those who seek them out. If you place yourself in this spiritual realm of support and providing others support from crystals, you should NOT be all about the money but rather more about the people you are serving. We live a short time here on earth and when you return to Heaven, you WILL have to face the actions you took whilst here. NOTHING just simply goes unnoticed! Which is why we keep our priced gems as low as we can. Its quite funny really... as my businesses grow, I seem to lower my prices rather than raise them. I suppose, deep down, I feel blessed and simply want to give back to our community, as well as around the world. It gives me great joy to see the smiles on customers faces when they can afford the crystal that calls to them most. Sometimes, if I'm in the shop doing some work or I'm in the office and I see someone on the cameras picking up the same crystal over and over again, I am called to simply give that person the crystal. I am shown that they just couldn't afford the crystal, even with our low prices, but were very drawn to it and needs it help. Crystals call to someone because they are meant to be with them, to help them, to support them. I see that it is more beneficial to them and their life than sitting in my shop waiting until someone else is drawn to it, again.
My customers and clients know that we will go over and beyond in getting the best and most genuine crystals on the market, today. Even our Citrine is genuine from the Congo, which is the ONLY place it should be coming from. We do NOT sell any fake, baked Amethyst that you see in many stores and online that have that deep, bright yellow affect. A real Citrine has a more light, pale yellow to even looking very closely to Smoky Quartz. Anything else is Amethyst made to.look like Citrine. But that is a whole other blog article we can explore in the future.
BACK TO OUR GENUINE MOLDAVITE...
As TRUE genuine Moldavite is getting more rare and the price seemly goes up, the counterfeiters are getting better at their craft and shop owners continue to not take responsibility in providing the right Moldavites in their stores for their customers. The identification of Moldavite with a natural-looking surface, is much more difficult to spot, anymore. Which is why educating yourself on what to look for is so important! Some shop owners will not take the time to educate or become aware of what exactly they are selling. Well, I hope to help you spot those fakes and walk away from spending crazy amounts of money on plastic.
THE GREEN STONE OF BEAUTY
Moldavites are popular for their pleasant moss green color, enigmatic origin, and interesting etched texture. They are used in jewelry, in either faceted or natural form. As the price of Moldavite rises it is a logical consequence that imitations on this gem have become more widespread than ever before. It saddens me to see these rare beauties being used for such high profit and comity.
Moldavite belongs to the category of gems known as “tektites,” which are the only gems known to have fallen to the earth from the sky. Moldavite (which is named after the river in the Vltava valley of Europe, where it was first discovered) has been used in tools, talismans and jewelry over millennia.
Knowing the properties and history of Moldavite can help you distinguish a real one from a fake.
A brief history on Moldavite brings us to the Stone Age were it was used not only for arrowheads and cutting tools, but also as a spiritual talisman and amulet of good luck, fertility, health, and protection. Moldavites were found in the archeological site of the Venus of Willendorf – and it has been linked to the legends of the Holy Grail. In Czech lore, it is said that it was given as a betrothal gift to bring harmony to marital relations. And for centuries, the stone has been used in jewelry, relic, and for spiritual transformation.
SPOTTING THE REAL THING
One look at this stone, and without a doubt, you’ll say to yourself that it is a stone of greatness – came from the sky and is destined for purpose here on earth. This mysterious green stone, formed from a violent meteoric impact and fused with earthly and extraterrestrial energies. Moldavite is a Tektite type of natural glass formed from an interplanetary collision. Derived from the Greek word tektos, which means “molten,” these stones are glassy mixtures of metal elements with an amorphous crystal structure. Unlike other Tektites, which are tar black, Real Moldavite is translucent deep forest green and is the only type of stone suitable for cutting and faceting as a gem. The Moldavite shapes are etched, carved, wrinkled, and sometimes with sculpted patterns that have been inherent in raw and unpolished stones.
In spotting a real raw Moldavite from fake, the first thing you got to do is to examine the stone’s color. Take note that it should be a DARK, somewhat MOSSY colored green. If the Moldavite stone that you’re looking at is a bit brighter, and has more vibrant shade of green, it may be an Emerald but it most defiantly not Moldavite. If the stone you’re examining isn’t green at all, then it’s definitely a fake.
Gas bubbles were often included in the moldavite formation. These bubbles are a very good indication of real Moldavite.
If you seek a Moldavite on etsy, eBay, amazon, etc... look for them to appear to be of the same shapes and textures. This is a good indication of fake Moldavites.
If they appear shiny / wet looking, they are fake.
If the faceted gemstones do not have bubbles or inclusions, if these appear flawless or clean like glass then they are probably fake. All real faceted Moldavite will have some bubbles, any shape and any size and lechatelierite inclusions (pure silica glass - melted quartz), the way only nature can create.
Another aspect that you should look at is the stone’s structure – I am referring to the physical composition of the stone. Many fake Moldavite pieces have a glossy surface similar to glass, which is appropriate since they are actually masterpieces of molten glass that have been carefully molded, and sometimes the seams of the shape are easy to see. While there are many gemstones, such as quartz, that have a crystalline structure, the Moldavite crystal does not. In fact, it has an “amorphous” structure” – it literally means without a definite shape. Meaning, Moldavite may grow in several shapes or patterns.
You should also consider the stone’s texture. Since it has amorphous composition, a real Moldavite is difficult to process into a completely smooth finish. If the gem has the right color, but it is as smooth and polished as a piece of bottle glass, it is a counterfeit. Moldavite is ridged, spiky stone and can be easily spotted as a fake if it is smoothed out and flat but has a fake edging to give the "affect" of spiky.
You should also examine the clarity of the stone. Just as it is hard to polish into a smooth stone, it is also difficult to find a legit Moldavite that is completely clear all throughout. A legit Moldavite is made of silica, but it comes with lots of impurities such as iron and magnesium that can make it a bit unclear than a clear stone, such as diamond.
Make sure to ask your seller where they obtained the Moldavite you are interested in. Moldavite is a tektite found ONLY in the U.K.’s Moldau River Valley, situated in what is today the Czech Republic. If the seller claims the stone was mined elsewhere, it is definitively a fake.
Be careful with people who sell Moldavite that is not from the Czech Republic or that is even green. Many sellers market stones other than Moldavite to benefit from their popularity. “White Moldavite” is generally nothing else than calcite. The “African Moldavite” has more in common with Sea Glass than a real tektite.
Another thing to consider is to check whether the Moldavite easily scratches or dents (just a heads up: this may permanently alter or damage your stone, so be wary). A real Moldavite, has a hardness rating of 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while a diamond has a hardness rating of 10 – this means that a diamond is virtually impossible to scratch; comparatively, a real Moldavite is still vulnerable to scratches and dents and you must handle it with care but is a great way to tell a real from a fake.
IVC has been featured in the June 2015 Crystal Resonance Magazine https://www.facebook.com/CrystalResonanceMagazine (Naisha Ashian / co-author of "The Book of Stones") with an edited version of this page in an Article on How to Spot Fake Moldavite, with pics and all.
It is time to put the misinformation floating around the inter webs to bed. Take a rare look at this amazing stone, Moldavite in all its beauty. This is what the fakers can never reproduce. Again, Every stone is different and these are taken at high resolution under extreme magnification, you will not see much of this with the naked eye.
CRASHING TO EARTH TO HELP MANKIND
Moldavite is believed to be the product of a meteorite collision with Earth about 14.8 million years ago. You may wonder how you can be sure where the stone comes from, as many fake stones are accompanied by a false certificate of authenticity.
The online Moldavite market is packed with replicas from Asia, but fake Moldavite is also sold in Europe and many other countries. It is not uncommon for fake parts to be offered by private parties and local shops who have been deceived and attempt to compensate for their losses by selling the fakes at high, unreasonable prices.
If you investigate the dealer’s history and shop owner's history reviews and ratings of previous customers, you will be rewarded with the most valuable reward... THE TRUTH!!! It should be noted that many traders have also been deceived into believing that their inventory of Moldavite is real, as this stone is very rare and some replicas can be quite convincing. However, there are ways to distinguish the true Moldavian stone from the wrong ones and research as well as great crystal studies MUST be done in order to keep up on the knowledge, so you are not selling to customers and dopping them into buying cheap, plastic non-sense from you.
All in all, the surest way to identify genuine Moldavite is to examine and hold a stone personally, as the energy emanating from the Moldavite varies widely. Just like our recent, new customer "felt" she was taken advantage of, you too can use that inner compass to guide you in the right direction.
Moldavite is classified as a rock climbing by metaphysics due to the particularly high energy frequency of this stone. Many people report a feeling of warmth, tingling and / or disorientation when they come into contact with a Moldavite or just even being around the stone. I know when I am around a Moldavite, I get extremely dizzy and need to sit down. In my Galactic form, I could handle this crystal and many more like it, with great ease. However, in a lower frequency human vessel, it much harder to fight back the intensity of such a powerhouse gem.
Crystals hold great knowledge, wisdom, kindness, and love. It WILL let you know what you need to know about it. You will feel it when you become so drawn to a crystal that you can't put it down or you keep thinking about it.
- Dr. Christina Cay Watts, CCH.