The colour of Moldavite ranges from pale green to brown. The shade of green to brown can be visible on thin parts of the Moldavite or by holding it up so natural light shines through.
Colour Spectrum of Moldavite
What minerals/metals influence in Moldavite influence the colour?
Moldavite is a fusion of extraterrestrial material and Earth’s minerals, metals and chemicals. The colour of Moldavite has been influenced by what it has fused with and there are 3 main minerals/metals which impact the colour.
– Iron Oxide (Fe 2 and Fe 3) – higher iron oxide changes the colour from light green all the way to brown
– Manganese (Mn 2) – higher manganese changes the colour from light green all the way to brown
– Higher nickle (Ni) and Potassium oxide (K2O) lead to the creation of the popular poisonous green Moldavite
Other main factors:
– Thickness of Moldavite: Thicker Moldavite usually looks darker and is sometimes black in colour when it is too thick for light to shine through. Thinner Moldavite is usually lighter in colour.
– Inclusions inside Moldavite: Moldavite can sometimes have other minerals in them which do not allow light to shine through and influence the colour
– Surface inclusions: Moldavite may have an external coating of clay or minerals which change the colour. The most famous and beautiful of these are Moldavites from Brusna nicknamed ‘snow flakes’ for their white frosted appearance
– Lighting: The lighting can affect the colour of Moldavite. If there is more light shining through the Moldavite it will appear a lighter shade of green. For thin pieces of Moldavite, if there is a finger/hand blocking the light from behind when the picture is being taken it can change the appearance. Most professional sellers will keep a consistent level of lighting from the front and offer a back light picture so you can easily see the differences in colour.
Examples of Moldavite colours
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/
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