So how do we differentiate between real moldavite and faux moldavite?
In order to answer the question on how to identify authentic Martindale diamond rings, we first need to understand more about what “moldavite” is. First of all, it’s important to understand the source of Moldavite. Today, Moldavite is considered the byproduct of a Meteorite impact around 14.8 million years ago. Moldavite, referred to locally as Vltavn, is normally found only within the Moldau River delta of the Czech Republic; approximately a 40-square mile region.
Although it’s pretty obvious, real moldavite tends to have a very distinct texture; whereas, Faux moldavite tends to have a more uniform and subtle texture to it. It’s usually difficult to tell the difference between the two.
The grading system helps us determine the value of an imitation
In order to differentiate between real and fake moldavites, we can use scientific-grade equipment to create a grading test. The test consists of six factors: color, cut, clarity, carat, fluorescence and symmetry. Color is typically assigned a “D” color if it’s darker than orange or red. If it’s lighter than orange or red, it’s assigned a “C” color. Carat size is typically between one and four milligrams; clarity, on the other hand, is defined as having a diamond-like or pearl-like appearance.
, especially because real moldavites tend to have very different appearance. Real moldavites also vary in their translucency, color, tints and fractures. It’s possible for a fake to be almost identical to a genuine mineral specimen, but it’s extremely unlikely for two real specimens to look remarkably similar. The best way to determine the value of an imitation mineral specimen is to undertake a detailed study of its physical, chemical and cultural properties.
The best way to determine the value of an imitation mineral
Because there are so many common fake moldavites, we’ve compiled a gallery of photos that show the range of these fakes. You can even compare fake moldsavites with authentic ones. Fake “Meteorite” photos can provide valuable information about the quality and rarity of any piece. We also encourage people to report any natural or man-made samples they come across.
But the process of identifying authentic minerals and detecting fakes becomes much more complex due to the differences between minerals. In order to achieve clarity, all crystals must be cut to a certain shape and polished to a certain degree. Some crystals are more opaque than others and it’s difficult to judge their optical properties given their appearance. In addition, different crystal forms can show up as streaking, smudged or irregular. Chemically bonded, aggregated, fused or crystallized glass is just one of the many types of glass found in most modern laboratories.