This is a Besednice Moldavite Pendant; Total weight is 3.0 Grams/15.0ct including bail. The moldavite is prong set in. This Besednice moldvite is regular+ grade with excellent hedgehog contour. This quality shows beautiful light reflection and a naturally weathered, undamaged surface texture.Besednice Moldavite are the most prized & sought after of all Moldavite. Known as "Hedgehogs" for their spikes, these beautiful green, rich & dark textured tektites were found in & around the Besednice townsite & nearby fields. The Besednice mine has been closed and guarded since 2009. A very notable physical characteristic of Besednice crystals is that their density is slightly less than that of other moldavites, even those found within a few kilometers away. This produces a much larger surface area, unique frequency and distinctive appearance. Known as the Emerald that fell from the universe, Moldavite is a tektite (Meteorite) with a hardness ranging from 5.5 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale.
The asteroid hit the earth during the Middle to Upper Miocene age in what is now known as the Ries Crater in Barvaria (Germany). For geological reference the miocene age (16 - 11.5 million years ago) is the time period that South America drifted west to near its present position, the Andes mountains continued formation, and many of the continents shifted to current bounded landscapes. The material from the impact was sent flying into the atmosphere, cooled down & formed the melted glass into what is now called Moldavite. The splash field or primarily landing of the melted crystals returning to earth is in the areas of South Bohemia (Czech Republic).
Moldavite is not found in any other region of the earth. Moldavite has been linked to legends of the Holy Grail, 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 was given as a betrothal gift to bring harmony to marital relations, and for centuries has been used in jewelry, religious items and for spiritual transformation.
Please note and/or research the differences between a certificate of authenticity and a gem certificate. For reference, this listing shows a gem certificate of a museum grade Besednice moldavite set in 14K gold.
This gem certificate is current, denotes testing done, includes colored pictures and stamp, the gemologist is located in the Czech, and the Besednice locality has been specified. This certificate holds extra value to a collector due to the amount of experience and reputation that this gemologist has.Star Crystal shop is located in the Northeastern US. At this time there is no member of our shop that is a registered gemologist. We are professional collectors that value the reputation, longevity, and industry respect of our suppliers.
Several of our suppliers have either written books about moldavite or are professional references worldwide. The authenticity of all crystals is explicitly and directly guaranteed by Star Crystal Shop LLC in this statement. Our moldavite has been independently validated by our customers in several labs across the US.
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