Libyan Desert Glass Pendant
Beautiful Libyan Desert Glass Pendant in 925 Sterling Silver.
Tektites are a rare natural glass formed during a meteorite impact. Libyan Desert Glass, also known as Libyan Gold Tektite is found in a remote region of the Sahara Desert, in Egypt near the border of Libya, these golden gems are scattered over hundreds of kilometers along the Sahara's shifting sand dunes.
- Stone: Libyan Gold Tektite / Libyan Desert Glass
- Stone Size: 30mm length
- Weight: 12g
- Metal: 925 Sterling Silver
- Each of our Libyan Gold Tektites are one of a kind, handpicked by us for best quality, limited stock available.
Libyan Gold Tektite is considered by many to be the most beautiful and valuable tektite ever discovered. Their color can range from semi-opaque or translucent creamy, buttery shades, to canary yellow and transparent gemmy specimens with a golden sunlit glow.
Mineral particles believed to be from the meteorite itself can be found in many Libyan Gold Tektite specimens, captured in the molten silica glass as it cooled and solidified, including air bubbles and other inclusions. Each gem is a fascinating piece of ancient history.
Due to the region, it has been difficult to collect Libyan Desert Glass and bring it out of the country. Prices are expected to rise due to supply and demand.
History of Libyan Gold Tektite | Libyan Desert Glass
Libyan Gold Tektite stones have been prized and used for making carvings and jewelry for many centuries. In ancient Egypt, the funerary necklace of King Tutankhamen has a large scarab centerpiece made of Libyan Gold Tektite. When the tomb of King Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922, the stone was thought to be Chalcedony, it wasn't until over 75 years later that Italian mineralogist Vincenzo de Michele analyzed the optical properties of the scarab gemstone and confirmed it was Libyan Gold Tektite.
Studies show these Libyan Gold Tektites formed about 29 million years ago when a meteorite impacted Earth in the region, causing quartz sand to rapidly heat and cool creating fragments of meteorite impact glass, known as tektites. They are similar in composition to Moldavite and other tektites but the difference in color comes from the landscape of the impact location. Libyan Gold Tektites are nearly pure silica, which requires 1,600 degrees Celsius to form.
It was unknown until recently if Libyan Gold Tektites formed due to a meteorite impact, since no impact crater has ever been found in the region, however the area is rich in meteorites. The other theory was a megaton airburst, where the meteoroid enters the atmosphere at speeds anywhere from 25,000mph to 160,000mph, the friction and heat is like lighting a giant match, the meteoroid ignites into a fireball as it streaks across the sky. Most meteoroids burn up high in the atmosphere before reaching Earth. However, in a megaton airburst the equivalent to a nuclear explosion occurs, this airburst sends such explosive energy into the atmosphere it can melt surface materials on Earth without leaving a crater.
What we've learned, Libyan Gold Tektites contain many grains of the mineral Zircon and evidence of a rare mineral called Reidite which only forms during a meteorite impact, when atoms from the mineral Zircon are forced into a tighter formation. Such high pressure minerals are an indication of a meteorite impact and do not form during airbursts.
Research confirms Libyan Desert Glass is indeed the result of a meteorite impact but the mysteries remain surrounding the origins of Libyan Desert Glass. Scientists have theories but are unable to confirm any details about the meteorite, crater location or size of the blast. Some believe it's possible these golden gems are from the meteorite itself.
Other mineral particles believed to be from the meteorite itself can be found in many Libyan Gold Tektite specimens, captured in the molten silica glass as it cooled and solidified, including air bubbles and other inclusions. Each Libyan Gold Tektite gem is fascinating piece of ancient history.
Libyan Gold Tektite | Libyan Desert Glass Metaphysical Properties
Libyan Gold Tektite carries the strong energizing frequencies of it's meteoric birth and can activate one's creative energies. It can enhance the strength of one's will, one's ability to create and one's power of manifestation. Libyan Gold Tektite is an ideal stone for enhancing one's meditation practice, the achievement of self-transformation, aligning with your highest calling and manifesting your true potential. Libyan Gold Tektite can help overly shy or reclusive individuals to be more outgoing and social. It helps one to cultivate a more playful and creative approach to life. It stimulates the active aspect of the energy field, bringing a revitalizing frequency into the emotional body and sharpens one's mental abilities. It stimulates feelings of happiness, curiosity, willingness and playfulness. It's an excellent stone for those who take themselves, or life too seriously. Libyan Gold Tektite activates all chakras but is excellent for strengthening the solar plexus chakra. (References: Robert Simmons The Book of Stones.)