Guide to the Shapes of Moldavite

Moldavite is a splash form tektite which is usually drop shaped (i.e. like a tear drop). Molten Moldavite was thrown into the sky from a meteor impact in Germany and was stretched out as it flew through the air at high speeds. This stretching of the Moldavite meant that a long tail was formed behind the larger body of each Moldavite. For more information on how far Moldavite flew, see www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/where-is-moldavite-found/

Knowing the shapes of Moldavite and how it has formed will give you a greater appreciation of choosing and collecting Moldavite.

Formation of Primary Shapes

Primary shapes are the most intact shapes of Moldavite which are formed from the original drop shape. Primary form Moldavite is less than 1% of Moldavite as most shattered into small fragments. It is usually more beautiful with its symmetrical shape and fuller looking appearance.

The types of primary shapes are

  1. Drops
  2. Disks
  3. Ellipsoid
  4. Spheres
  5. Dumbbells

Drops (or Tear Drops) – the original splash form shape

Drops (tear drops) are the original splash form tektite shape which most other Moldavite shapes are created from. The characteristics of a drop are a thicker rounder body and a longer thinner tail.

Sizes of drops ranges from small 1 gram sizes to large 70+ gram sizes. There are different shapes of drops which created different primary shapes.

Examples of different drop shapes:

Sizes of drops – ranging from 2 grams to 21 grams

Disks

Disks are usually formed from drops with a rounder and wider body. The characteristics of a disk is a flat and round body.

Illustration of how a disk shape Moldavite formed

Example of disk shape Moldavite – 62 grams

Ellipsoid

Ellipsoids are usually formed from drops with a longer oval body. The characteristics of a ellipsoid is a flat and oval shape body.

Illustration of how a disk shape Moldavite formed

Example of a ellipsoid shape Moldavite – 78 grams

Sphere

Spheres are usually formed from drops with rounder smaller bodies. The characteristics of a sphere is a round ball shape body.

Illustration of how a sphere shape Moldavite formed

Example of sphere shape Moldavite – 3 grams and 12 grams

Dumbbell

Dumbbells are an exception to the other primary form shapes. They form as they are rapidly spinning in circles when still molten which stretches out the middle. The characteristics of a dumbbell is a skinnier middle/waist and two thicker ends. Dumbbells are by far the rarest of all primary form Moldavites.

Illustration of how a dumbbell shape Moldavite forms

Example of a dumbbell shape Moldavite – 48 grams

Partial Primary Shapes

Partial Primary Shapes are broken primary shapes which are still recognizable. A disk or ellipsoid may break in half which forms a half disk or half moon shape. A drop may have a long tail which forms a long stick shape.

Illustration of how a half disk or half moon shape Moldavite forms:

Illustration of how a stick shape Moldavite forms:

Example of a stick, stick/tail, half disk/moon and half eillipsoid (from left to right)

Fragments (non-primary shapes)

Fragments are the majority (>99%) of Moldavite which shattered into many small pieces on impact onto the ground. This left many small indistinguishable fragments which are usually difficult or impossible to tell which part of the Moldavite’s original shape that it came from.

Illustration of how Moldavite fragments form

Want more useful information?

See the guides:
Guide to Genuine and Fake Moldavite
www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/fake-moldavite-guide/
The Best Guide on Spotting and Avoiding Fake Moldavitewww.stonesoftransformation.com.au/the-best-guide-on-spotting-and-avoiding-fake-moldavite/
Shapes of Moldavitewww.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/guide-to-the-shapes-of-moldavite/
Busting myths of Moldavitewww.stonesoftransformation.com.au/busting-some-myths-of-moldavite/
Other useful guides and blog postswww.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/list-of-useful-posts/

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Want more useful information?

See the guides:
Guide to Genuine and Fake Moldavite
: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/fake-moldavite-guide/
The Best Guide on Spotting and Avoiding Fake Moldavite: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/the-best-guide-on-spotting-and-avoiding-fake-moldavite/
Shapes of Moldavite: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/guide-to-the-shapes-of-moldavite/
Busting myths of Moldavite: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/busting-some-myths-of-moldavite/
Other useful guides and blog posts: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/blog/list-of-useful-posts/

Follow our Facebook page for updates on great information: www.facebook.com/StonesofTransformationMoldaviteStore
Customer reviews: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/reviews/
Shop and sale page: www.stonesoftransformation.com.au/shop/