Moldavite is formed from melted rock resulting from a meteorite strike. The surface of these small specimens can be rippled (roiled), wavy, pitted and generally not smooth. Not usually seen in jewelry, but its popularity is on the rise.
Moldavite from Besednice, Bohemia.
Gemological Information for Moldavite
|Color:||Varies from Green to Brownish Green to Black|
|Refractive Index:||1.48 – 1.50|
|Country of Origin:||Found in Many Locations, the Location is Usually Part of the Name i.e. Georgiaite, Australite|
|Ultrasonic Cleaning:||Probably Safe|
|Steam Cleaning:||Not Safe|
|Warm Soapy Water:||Probably Safe|
|Chemical Attack:||Reacts to Hydrofluoric Acid|
|Heat Sensitivity:||Rapid Temperature Changes can Cause Breakage|