Beautiful, Rare Museum-Grade "Moldavite" Meteorite Glass Formed When Striking Earth
Modavites are a type of tektite estimated to have been formed some 15 million years ago when a large meteor struck earth in and around the present-day Czech Republic. They differ from other tektites in their various shades of green. They are generally classified as normal, medium and museum grade with the difference in the translucency and surface markings. This pieces has both the striations and pattern and the translucency of the rarer grades of Moldavites. Interestingly, they were first described in the 18th century and at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 they were sold as diamond-like gemstones, advertised by one seller as "mowdavit diamonds." As with just about any collectible, natural or manmade, prices can vary dramatically. This moldavite weighs 7.25 grams or 36.25 carats.
Note: When comparing prices, moldavites are commonly sold by carat weight because they are generally quite small. It is possible to find a moldavite for less than $10--for 2 or even 3 carats. Like diamonds, they increase in per carat cost as they increase in weight. It is rare to find a moldavite this size for less than $100-$150.