Place: Czech republic, Austria
Colour variations: Dark Green
Birthstone of: Not a traditional birthstone but a natural stone of stars and therefore a universal gem for all astrological signs.
Brief history and geological characteristics: Moldavite is a member of the Tektite group of natural glasses formed from interplanetary collisions. Tektites are glassy mixtures of silicon dioxide, aluminium oxide and other metal oxides with an amorphous crystal structure. Unlike other Tektites that are black or brownish-black, Moldavite is a deep forest green and is the only variety suitable for cutting and faceting as a gem. This special stone could be found only in the area of current Czech republic (and few places in Austria and Germany) and its name is derived from the name of the river Moldau. Despite different theories of its origin, most people agree the formation of Moldavite coincides with the crash of a large meteorite approximately 14.8 million years ago in what is now the Bohemian plateau. The rock metamorphosed by the heat of impact created a strew field of Moldavite in two areas of Bohemia and Moravia. Therefore, Moldavite is sometimes touted as “the only known extra-terrestrial gemstone on Earth”, or “the gemstone born from the stars”.
Spiritual and healing energy: According to its origin, Moldavite represents the connection between the cosmic energy and the Mother Earth. For centuries it was used as a spiritual talisman and amulet of good fortune, fertility and protection. It was found in the archaeological site of the Venus of Willendorf, the oldest known Goddess statue. It is also linked to the legends of the Holy Grail as it is thought to be an emerald that fell from the sky out of Lucifer’s crown before he was cast from Heaven. In Czech lore, it is usually mentioned as a betrothal gift to bring harmony to marital relations, and for centuries it has been used in jewellery, religious items and for spiritual transformation. Physically, Moldavite is thought to help alleviate gout, asthma, allergies and rashes, and to overcome symptoms of flu, anaemia and colds.