While the geological community debated the origin and formation of Moldavite, the anthropological field was also taking note of this special green stone. In 1909 the famed Venus of Willendorf was discovered during an archaeological dig in Austria. The statue was found with several Moldavite amulets. Similar amulets as well as Moldavite arrowheads and other tools have also been discovered elsewhere in the region. Whether these jewels and weapons were purely pedestrian, or whether they were valued for their energy and spiritual links, is impossible to know for sure. However, the ritual use of healing stones can definitely be dated close to the dawn of writing, and likely is much much older. It is therefore reasonable to assume that ancient humans may have recognized certain healing properties in Moldavite and chose to use it for pendants and other crafted items as a result.
Supposedly, Moldavite has been a traditional engagement gift for centuries in the Czech Republic. According to the local lore, it helps bring peace and harmony to relationships and keeps marriages strong. However, most other traditions associated with Moldavite are much more modern.
Moldavite has been suggested as the green stone which either decorated the Holy Grail or was itself the sacred relic sought by the Knights of the Round Table. In the 13th century Arthurian romantic poem, Percival, the Holy Grail was described as “an emerald which fell from the sky.” During this time period virtually all green stones were called “emeralds,” just as all red stones were called “rubies.” Only one green stone is known to have “fallen from the sky” and so Moldavite is sometimes called the “Grail Stone.” A rumored copy of the Holy Grail, cast in gold and set with Moldavites supposedly existed for centuries, before being lost in WWII.
Moldavite is the favorite healing stone of modern-day crystal intuitive Robert Simmons, the author of the popular lapidary The Book of Stones. He credits Moldavite with first awakening him to the spiritual properties of stones. Simmons’ writings have catapulted Moldavite into a global phenomenon, making it one of the most popular and highly sought after healing stones in the world. It is estimated that only 275 tons of Moldavite exist, with the vast majority of that already on the open market. While occasionally new pieces of Moldavite are uncovered in the Czech Republic, that is become increasingly rare as time goes on.