[meteorite-list] Fake Modalities

From: Michael L Blood <mlblood_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 13:15:53 -0800
Message-ID: <C3901B89.126E1%mlblood_at_cox.net>

Hi Mike,
        I had heard this and passed it on well over a year ago. Collectors
And dealers alike seemed to promptly ignore me and acted as though
I were spreading some horse pucky as a sales pitch. So, I just shut
Up about it.
        However, your having SEEN these fakes at a show and
passing it on might finally get the picture through to people.
It should be noted that unscrupulous dealers will, no doubt,
avoid the blunders of the dealers you saw at the show and
market these stinking pieces of glass effectively forthwith.
    Faux Moldivite has been perfected. This means purchasing
Moldivite of any quality should be done only through dealers
Who KNOW the source is several years old (this perfecting of
Fakes happened about 2 or 3 years ago).
        In addition, my old time source - a miner of Moldivite,
Told me about this and said the most experienced Moldivite
Minor cannot distinguish the fakes. At the same time he told
Me another piece of information that also has been ignored: the
mining productivity suddenly went dry after hundreds of years.
The miners in Czechoslovakia now hold onto everything they
have left and the extremely limited finds they now make.
What has been seen in the market the last couple of years is
Either the last of the stock "on hand" or fakes. Obviously, the
"stock on hand" will eventually run out and what you will be
Left with is the poorer quality material and the fakes.
        This is by far worse than the rip off of collectors by dealers
Who sold etched Campo material as Baygoria, ruining ET's
Investment. (He had the only mass, had it cut and then was
Grossly undersold with this fake material). If you think you have
Baygoria and you didn't get it from ET or a dealer who got it
>From ET, you do NOT have Baygoria - you have etched Campo.
        But this crapola with Moldivite has unlimited repercussions.
Only etched iron collectors - and ET, of course - are affected by
The Baygoria rip off. With Moldivite, the entire world is effected, as
Moldivite has been very popular long before people started "collecting"
Tektites. It has a long history (Moldivite in the crown of the Queen
Of England, a Moldivite rosary owned by the Pope, etc.) and
everyone who does collect tektites must have a number of
Moldivites represented in his/her collection for even a very basic
tektite collection.

on 12/20/07 11:12 AM, Michael Farmer at meteoriteguy at yahoo.com wrote:

> Hi everyone, I am finally getting back in order after
> the Tokyo show, jet-lag has set me back a day or two.
> One thing of note from the show, there is an explosion
> of fake Moldavites being made in China now. We saw
> several jewelery dealers selling them, incredible
> perfect looking large pieces, all would be nearly
> impossible to identify except the dealers were stupid
> enough to put them all out at the same time.
> They were mostly set in wire as pendants, and when put
> side by side, you could clearly see them as identical,
> made in a mold.
> I have found one of the same on ebay right, at a very
> high price.
> http://cgi.ebay.com/Czech-Moldavite-200-5-Carat-Green-Meteorite-Tektite_W0QQit
> emZ200179801535QQihZ010QQcategoryZ3239QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
> Watch out.
> Michael Farmer
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Received on Thu 20 Dec 2007 04:15:53 PM PST

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