This is a piece of rare, highly prized moldavite. Moldavite is found only in the Czech Republic, in limited quantites--it is different from all other types of tektite on the planet! This particular piece is a small, flared specimen! This beautiful piece would make a unique addition to any collection, and would REALLY shine in wire-wrapped jewelry.
*Note: The moldavite I sell was acquired by an extremely reputable distributor, who purchases the moldavite directly from the Czech Republic--its authenticity is guaranteed.
Locality: Czech Republic Dimensions: 0.88” x 0.50” x 0.25” (23mm x 13mm x 7mm) Weight: 2.11 g (0.08 oz)
Moldavite is unlike anything else in the world--it is a glassy green tektite, with excellent clarity and sheen. It is found only in the Czech Republic, where it found about 15 million years ago as a result of a massive meteoritic impact event. Like all tektites, the material is a combination of terrestrial and meteoritic material that has been fused and melted under extreme heat and impact. As a natural type of impact glass, moldavite has a hardness of 5-6 on Moh's scale, and may feature bubbles, shadows, and other unique inclusions. Moldavite's availability continues to decrease, and some famous localities no longer produce material. (Well-known locality Besednice, which produces lovely "porcupine" formations, has been mined out for 14 years.) As moldavite itself will eventually be depleted, it will increase in value and interest for collectors.
Healing Lore: Moldavite is one of the most popular gems for metaphysical healing today. It is believed to carry a high vibration, elevating awareness and accelerating spiritual growth. It is also associated with powerful protection, especially for the heart chakra.
*Though many gems and minerals have historical and cultural associations with healing properties, these items are sold for display, study, and collector interest only.
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Apologies, but at this time, I will not be able to ship to the following countries: Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola (Cabinda); Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Burma; Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast); Croatia; Cuba; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Greece; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Liberia; Libya, Moldova; Montenegro; Nigeria; North Korea; Paraguay; Republic of the Congo (Zaire); Serbia; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Togo; Yemen; Zimbabwe.
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Returns & exchanges
You may return an item for any reason, within 14 days of receiving it. You must notify me prior to mailing the return that there is a problem, or that you would like to return an item. (Please return the item in its original condition, with full insurance and carefully packaged.) Please contact me to let me know you have mailed the return--I will issue a refund for the item price when I receive it in hand, and have confirmed it is in original condition. Refund will apply to the original item price, and will not include shipping in either direction.
*NOTE: For items over $300 in value, and/or over 2 lbs in weight, there will be a 15% restocking fee if you would like to return it.
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