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moldavite pricing

Posted by Derek Pyle  
moldavite pricing
January 29, 2010 07:58PM
What is reasonable price for Moldavite by the gram (and what price for various sizes/grades)?
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January 30, 2010 12:27AM
$3-$10 per gram.
Depending on quality, quantity, and if it is wholesale or retail.
I tyr to pay 3 or 4 bucks wholesale.
Granted, I cherry pick the best pieces and beat them up on price.
Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 01:25AM
Yeah Adam's basically correct, althought the heavily sculptured specimens such as the one of mine attached can sell for much much more.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/30/2010 05:21AM by Craig Mercer.
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avatar Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 01:59AM
Thats the best besednice I seen in a while.
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January 30, 2010 03:15AM
::o gosh
Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 03:43AM
Thanks Adam. I have a couple of others I would like to show you, I'll phootograph them this evening and attach to this thread.

Kindest regards,
avatar Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 04:38AM
I look forward to it.
Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 05:33AM
Sorry about the photo quality, the lighting wasn't so good today, but you can get the general idea of how heavily sculptured they are.

Anyway hope you enjoy them.

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Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 05:34AM
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avatar Re: moldavite pricing
January 30, 2010 09:06AM
Prices of moldaivites are very variable - depend on locality, sculpture and weight. Poor quality can cost 3-5$. Normal quality cost about 5-6 $/g. Good quality cost about 20 $/g (wholesale price). Big specimens are more expensive, especially if more than 20 grams.


"Spirifer" Geological Society
Re: moldavite pricing
February 02, 2010 11:27PM
thanks for all the responses - haven't had a chance to check in for a minute. what about meteorites? specifically, i met somebody this weekend with meteorites from four corners / Southwest areas.
thanks so much
avatar Re: moldavite pricing
February 04, 2010 03:19AM
Meteorite can vary in price so widely it would be impossible to start pricing without detailed descreption of the piece.
A 1 gram piece of rare meteorite could sell for more than a ten pound Canyon Diablo. AKA "Meteor Crater Arizona"
Re: moldavite pricing
March 08, 2010 10:05PM
The Czechs (as the Brazilians do with a lot of quartzes) tend to increase the price for larger pieces. Small pieces are less per gram, while larger pieces command more. In some instances, it doesn't make sense to me, but that's how they evaluate it. So it really depends on what you are looking for. There are a lot of different qualities, sizes, localities, shapes, color, etc, that affect price. If you want "ordinary" or common moldavite, undamaged, less than 10 gram pieces should cost no more than $5 a gram, possibly less depending on where and from whom you buy them. "Collector" pieces are either high by the gram, or by the piece. Besednice pieces (the most popular "collector" pieces) have sold for $25 a gram in the past, and I have recently seen the prices go up to $40 a gram. That doesn't mean you can't find it for less, but it is not as common. It is a very small deposit that has been mined out for some time. There is currently a significant shortage of 20-30 gram pieces for cutting and carving at the "old" prices.
avatar Re: moldavite pricing
April 15, 2010 06:20AM
Moldavites price grows exponentially with the size and weight of the stone and its price is also
influenced by whether it's a complete piece (a complete drop, disk, etc.) or to damage, etc. The most expensive pieces are from the site Besednice - Moldavite they have a rich surface sculpture. It is very difficult to say exactly what the price is based moldavites because of her decision, many factors - size, shape, surface sculpture, location, color, etc.
Moldavite can be two of the same size and shape, and from two localities, and among them is a big difference in price.
For unique pieces, the price really high and it is due to the fact that these pieces is really just a few .

When I have free time, and for complementing a Mindat database I will be send more photos moldavites.
Until now I have more details of the surfaces, but did start to gradually add photo units.
I think the best way to present a photo Moldavit is done so that you'll hold in my hand to avoid any doubt about the size and color;) . I have yet to devise a suitable background.


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/15/2010 06:44AM by Vítězslav Snášel.
avatar Re: moldavite pricing
April 15, 2010 06:35AM
Hi Craig,
taken from me, congratulations!
You have a really wonderful piece with absolutely fantastic sculpture!


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/15/2010 06:42AM by Vítězslav Snášel.
Re: moldavite pricing
May 21, 2013 03:20AM
Hi all...

I'm new to this site, I found it tonight and love collecting rough gemstones and crystals. I was wondering if anyone could please direct me to a great place to buy a moldivite? I would love to learn how to get things wholesale or,
at least, at prices better than what I find at gem and rock shows around St. Louis.

This is a cool site, thanks!

avatar Re: moldavite pricing
May 21, 2013 12:02PM
Usually buying a single or few specimens will not allow you to buy them at wholesale. Wholesale means that you buy a whole lot of them. Your best bet it to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral show where many dealers from all parts of the world show up and you negotiate with them to get the best price you can. Some are open to negotiation and some not. Some will want to know how much you want to buy, but if you just tell them you want one of their best specimens at a cheap price you will likely not get much of a price reduction.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: moldavite pricing
May 21, 2013 12:54PM
Hi Dave,


To buy at real wholesale as opposed to 'claimed' wholesale prices, you need to be in the trade and, if asked, able to produce evidence that you are. More often that not, it also means that ou need to buy in quantity rather than as singleton pieces. That said, one can often find sellers who who sell at one keen price to all comers, discounting that price according to the quantity sold. 'Cash and carry' warehouses are one example of the latter, That's OK so long as you know what you are doing. Be careful. There is at least one net auction site that advertises that its trade is wholesale but a quick look at seller's start/buy seems to show that many are pitching for the less savvy retail buyer.

Price is subject to a load of variables, such as different markets, market demand, perceptions of rarity and of quality. My personal experience of rock 'n gem shows is 'mixed'. I've found large 'international' shows open to the public a disappointment; too many tons of dreck to wade through before coming across something interesting - and then single crystal prices are not cheap. However, if I was a lapidarist I might well have a different opinion. OTOH, the much smaller local rock 'n gem shows quite often present real bargains to the 'one off' retail buyer - and a reasonable discount can often be negotiated on top of that for multiple purchases from the same stand. I have a thumbnail slice specimen of textbook amazonite showing exsolved albite that cost me exactly GBP 1.00/USD 1.50. That's a price that covers the costs of mining, wholesaling, preparation and transportation for many thousand miles? Bought at a mineral net auction a similar piece might be USD 5.00 or so - and add up to another USD 1.00 - 11.00(!!!) per TN for routine shipping (no insurance), depending on the seller. Yes, some net sellers see their shipping charges as a 'profit centre'. So don't give up on going to local shows yet awhile...

Good luck!
Re: moldavite pricing
May 21, 2013 03:59PM
Thanks all for the advice. I was in New Mexico and found some good prices last summer. I would have bought
more if I knew they were better prices than here in St. Louis and cooler quality but live and learn. Last night I
purchased a fairly nice piece of moldivite from a vendor in Poland, It's twelve point eight grams
for around a hundred bucks and pretty nice shape and that about average? a little less than
eight bucks a gram?? How did I do? Thanks again,

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avatar Re: moldavite pricing
May 21, 2013 11:42PM
Your picture is too small to be able to tell, but - if it is moldavite - at 8 bucks a gram retail, you surely have not been robbed smiling smiley

I think I paid USD 27 for mine which is 14 ct (just under 3g), but the colour is less vivid than that seen in your pic and the form is much closer to that some moldavites (like Craig's) have of air-cooled liquid glass projectiles. Where was yours collected?

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