Moldavite is a rare type of meteoric/tectonic glass. Being natural glass (SiO2) it is amorphic rather than crystalline and has a hardness of 5 on the Mohs Scale. Forming due to the impact of meteors, tektites are given different names depending on where they fall to earth. The term Tektite usually refers to specimens from the Philippines, and they are usually black in colour. Moldavite only comes from the one meteor impact and is only found in Molvania, Czechoslovakia. It is one of the most highly valued tektites and is highly prized for it beautiful bottle green colour.
March 16, 2021 Update:
Please note: In our 40-odd years in the business we have never experience a rush on any stone the likes of which we have witnessed Moldavite in recent weeks.
This is a worldwide phenomena triggered by social media primarily TikTok. The rush started last August in the USA. Due to COVID19, the Czech Republic mines are closed and not expected to re-open until May 2021.
Without supply the wholesale price around the world has gone up, 5 to 10 times. The consensus in the industry is that prices will remain at current levels for the foreseeable future as bidding on any new material released will be tight.
As with all gemstones Moldavite is a finite resource. Only coming from one location it has long been recognised as one of the rarest of all gemstones.