Page fully updated ; massive new inventory posted 18 February 2013
If you've gotten this far, you probably know that this is as good as it gets with moldavites. No other locality even comes close to the deep, delicate ornamentation and emerald color of these fine ladies.
The deeply and intricately sculptured Besednices come from an area about 50 meters on a side. Other sources within sight of this tiny area lack this incredible detail. This pattern also holds vertically: even within this special locality, specimens from the top 3 meters or so are not this ornate. At about 4 meters, the water table is encountered, and large volumes of water flooding the pits makes further digging very challenging. It is at this level that the classic Besednices were found.
The clay pits at Besednice, Czech Republic, have been closed for ten years*. Moldavite hunters burrowing beneath the 10-foot banks were encroaching on protected forest land (and were getting themselves killed). The area is now behind patrolled chain-link fencing and reportedly is slated to become a national park. Folks that were providing a supplemental income for their families by digging these fine gems are now selling their "keepers". When they're gone, they're gone. I deal directly with buyers in the Czech Republic who buy from the locals. At the big Tucson show this year (January,2007), I saw Czech dealers asking 3 to 5 times what I used to have to pay for top grade Besednices just a few years ago. Very soon they will be essentially out of reach (or simply not available at all).
* In 2006/7 a new operator started up a mechanized operation cleaning out the last little bit of the main pit. From reports and from what I have seen first-hand, their use of mechanical screen decks is breaking the tiny fragile tips off of virtually every specimen. By means of photos, I was offered what looked like a superb selection, but for some reason I had cold feet and never parted with the money to place the order. Now I'm glad. I saw some of the new output this year at Tucson. It is mostly below our quality standards.
The rumors about dwindling stocks of new Moldavite specimens are very real.
Here's an email that I received from one of my best sources in the Czech Republic: November 26, 2005 Hi Norm , Norm)
I hope this letter finds you well ,.... the situation has gotten a bit serious now what with the police watching all the areas and local landowners fencing off fields etc., but I still have a few if you might be interested ?
(P.S., I ordered all the Besednices he had, and it came to a total of 40 grams. That's it. If you see something you like, don't delay. At the bottom of the following tabulation, I've left up some pics of the truly great pieces that have already sold. They will come again no more forever. Good hunting,
The rumors about dwindling stocks of new Moldavite specimens are very real. Here's an email that I received from one of my best sources in the Czech Republic:
November 26, 2005
Hi Norm ,
Tucson show 2007; Further Update: Besednices were on our shopping list, and in past years have been a big piece of our total expenditures. This year I bought two (2) pieces. For the first time I saw broken specimens that had been retouched with a grinder!; In 2011, we found ONE piece worth buying.
These specimens are so unique and beautiful that they will always be in demand. The supply-side is drying up.
You do the math.
(Besednice is pronounced "Bes ed neet' sa").
A comment regarding pricing: While moldavites are widely sold by the gram, we strive to select only the finest specimen-grade pieces we can find. We sort(ed) (past tense) through thousands annually, and bought only the twenty or thirty individuals that we considered best. These are sold as specimens, priced according to quality. If you see a piece that seems highly priced on a per-gram basis, rest assured that it is truly exceptional. We don't carry bulk moldavite scraps, so if you are looking for that kind of stuff, look no further here. If you want a classic piece of an increasingly rare material, we're working for you! Occasionally when we order a lot sight unseen direct from the Czech Republic, we get a few that we wouldn't have selected first-hand. You will find these discounted in the list below.
The pieces below are listed from heaviest to lightest, and prices generally correspond. We do have another page of moldavite teardrops, and also a selection of quality pieces from other localities that are not yet listed at all, so ask if you don't find what you want---.
OUR LATEST ADDITIONS can be recognized by a cloudy blue sky background and a "2013" in the specimen number. When inquiring about a piece, please be sure to cite the full number as shown as there are a lot of duplicate weights.
(Posted measurement is the maximum dimension for the specimen. ))
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|Top Shelf Museum Pieces! Brand new inventory February 2012 with 2013 additions.
We didn't expect to see specimens like these ever again. Last year (2011), we bought ONE decent piece, the year before, two or three. But to our delight, this year a former owner of the Besednice property decided to let go of part of his private collection. We skimmed the cream off of several hundred pieces, made a trip to the bank, and bought as though it might be the last time (which is a strong probability, not just a possibility). This may represent your last opportunity to buy Besednice specimens of this quality. These are all absolutely amazing pieces of exceptionally rare beauty. Included below are several of the finest specimens we have ever offered (or seen anywhere).
We're not big on the metaphysical side of this passion, but it seems true that these individuals tend to pick their owners and not the other way around. If one of these gets a solid hook in your lip, it's over. Just skip eating for a month and send the money. It will prove to be a choice you won't regret. We've been there, and still cherish the one we bought at what was then an absurd price a long time ago. No buyer's remorse on that one!
I have traveled the world and love the beauty of nature in every kingdom; great Besednice Moldavites rank high in the list of the most beautiful natural objects on this planet. You will not find a finer selection offered anywhere. Enjoy! We hope one chooses you----
|9.2 gms $650
|8.4 gms $700
|8.2 gms $650
|Angel wing! A large, thin plate with delicate ornamentation.|
|6.7 gms $300
|Deeper color than many, due to greater thickness. Excellent symmetry, both of the overall piece and the deeply incised ornamentation|
|6.5 gms $550
|This is a remarkably beautiful piece with delicate ornamentation and deeply etched border notches.|
|6.3 gms $285
|SOLDThe picture speaks for itself. Quite thick with deeply incised grooves.|
|6.2 gms $295
|These truncated triangles are a common Besednice theme. Here is a very nice one with the symmetry of shape and etching that you should expect of a great Besednice.|
|5.8 gms $290
|Another classic Besednice morphology. Great piece!|
|5.6 gms $650
|5.3 gms $275
|Here's another truncated triangle to pair with #Bes2013_0620AA above. Once again, highly symmetrical in both form and ornamentation.|
|5.2 gms $200
|5.1 gms $250
|You've gotta love these things! A deeply colored beauty with exceptionally deep and rugged etching. Superb specimen.|
|4.7 gms $235SOLD
|Oh yeah! This one doesn't need my words. The picture speaks for itself.|
|4.25 gms $350
|How cool is this one? If you've got a "C" or "G" in your life, this is for you! a most unique and unusual stone! Mount it in a silver setting and let it do it's magic----|
|3.7 gms $150
|There's a limit to how many of these gorgeous beauties I can describe in a single sitting. I keep falling in love. What a sweetie!|
|3.5 gms $300
|This is one patiently waiting for its real owner. The pleasing whirlpool symmetry is stunning.|
|3.4 gms $125
|This delicate lace has a natural hole. These are an amazing balance between fragile and stunning!|
|Dozens of first class new specimens have been added to the following table (11-12 February 2013); They can be recognized by the 2013 prefix in the catalog number.|
Just for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the classics
that we have previously sold. Congrats to the proud owners!
# Bes04096: $192 A beautifully ornamented curved triangle
#Bes04092a: $184 A thicker hedgehog form. Quite irregular.
#Bes04092b: $195 A disk with nice color and great ornamentation. The pie-wedge gap reflects a ruptured
bubble. There are some glassy chips along the bubble edge, visible only from the "back" side.
#Bes2013_0750: $215 Quite thin, so you get a very big piece for the money.
#Bes05074b: $210; A fine, classic specimen! gently curved like a big claw---
#Bes04074b: $200 Another thick-bodied "hog" with a large breached bubble cavity behind the light-colored
projection high on the left side.
#Bes05068: $205 Nicer than the picture looks. This is a fine example of all that Besednice should be. Deeply,
sharply, beautifully ornamented.
#Bes05066: $160 Price reduced due to two glassy chips (broken spines). Curved like a crescent moon.
#Bes2013-0560: $200 Fabulous symmetry in both form and ornamentation.
#Bes2013-0550: $200 A long thin willow-leaf. A big one for the money!
#Bes05055: $110; Very typical Besednice.
#Bes2013-0540: $200 SOLDA beauty!
#Bes04054: $135; A cylindrical hedgehog. Sharp!
#Bes04050a: $150; A sharply ornamented slightly dished diamond shape.
#Bes2012-049; $150; A great Besednice teardrop!
#Bes7049: Twisted plate. $115SOLD
#Bes05048B: $150. Beautiful piece. Couple of small glassy chips on reverse, flawless front.
#Bes2013-0470: $150. That darker colored nose is where the blade curls around to double
in thickness. Each piece is unique---
#Bes2012-047; $145 Nice teardrop shape with a made-for-wirewrap groove (the lighter horizontal
band in the photo).
#Bes2013-0460: $150. A nice rectangular blade. Deeply serrated borders.
#Bes2012-045; $110. Crescent shaped in end view.
#Bes2012-043; $120. Very classic deep ornamentation
#Bes2012-040B; $135. Gorgeous piece!
#Bes7040A: Slightly curved rectangular plate. $115
3.9 gms $xxx
#Bes2013-0390: $170. A very gemmy piece with an exceptionally shiny luster. Coarse,
deep skin furrows that speak loudly. Very nice piece!Sold
#Bes05039: $125; A fine, classic Besednice.
#Bes7038: There's a sharp point hidden in my index finger--- $115
#Bes2013-0370: $135. A delicately ornamented flat rectangular plate. Could be nice
jewelry in a silver setting.
#Bes05037: $120; Very interesting thicker free-form shape. Deeply spined.
#Bes2012-036a; $110. Interesting curved-blade shape
#Bes7036: Sharp point at top. Exceptionally thin, so you get a lot of acreage for the weight. $95
#Bes05036: $100 Nice ornamentation
#Bes2012-035b; $105. Nice ornamentation
#Bes2012-035a; $130. A very nice piece, fairly thick with a deep longitudinal groove.
#Bes05034: $90 One small glassy chip
#Bes05033: $115; Interesting "U"-shaped pits, like a woodcarver's gouge marks.
#Bes7032: Nice, deeply ornamented. $95
#Bes2012-031; $125. A very spiny teardrop. Great shape!
3.0 gms (a)
#Bes2012-030; $100. Symmetrical diamond-shape
3.0 gms (b)
#Bes2013-030b; $105. Nice thickish blad with a half-twist.
2.9 gms (a)
#Bes2013-029a; $95.Thin curved piece with very nice symmetry
2.9 gms (b)
$107. Beautiful absolutely flawless plate. Sold 2.9 gms (c)
#Bes2012-029c; $90. Symmetrical curved plate with classic ornamentation.
2.9 (d) gms
#Bes2012-029d; $80. Thin plate, so you get relatively large surface area
#Bes05029: $100; A thin angel fish! Sweet.
#Bes2013-028; $90. A beautiful nearly flat plate
#Bes2012-028; $80. Curved crescent-shape in side view.
#Bes7028c: Good deep spiny ornamentation. $80
#Bes7028d: Slightly tapering rectangular plate. Great jewelry piece. $85
# Bes05028: $75 Thin, squarish plate with nice surface character.
#Bes2012-027a; $70. Nice triangular plate
#Bes2012-027b; $70 Quite perfectly matched in weight, dimensions and shape with #2012-027d below. Unique
earrings anyone? These really belong together as a set!
#Bes2012-027c; $80. Saddle-shaped with a longitudinal half-bubble along one edge.
#Bes2012-027d; $70. Quite perfectly matched in weight, dimensions and shape with #2012-027b above.
#Bes2013-026a; $105. Glossy, deeply ornamented stunner. Even the wholesaler quoted a per-piece specimen
price for this one!On hold; 2/20/13 RE
2.6 gms (b)
#Bes2013-026b; $100. Sold A slightly curved symmetrical teardrop.
One of our favorite Besednice shapes.
#Bes2012-026a; $65. Triangular plate.
#Bes2012-026b; $95. Fantastic modernistic guitar shape! Quite well matched with #2012-024a below (but this
one is more deeply sculpted). One of my favorite pieces of the 2012 acquisitions.
#Bes7026: Deep opposed side-notches could make for a neat wire-wrap jewel. $80
2.5 gms (a)
#Bes2013-025a; $70. Flawless.
2.5 gms (b)
#Bes2013-025b; $75. A thicker piece with a lot of character.
2.5 gms (c)
#Bes2013-025c; $80. Remarkably thin with exceptionally pretty etch patterns.
#Bes2012-025a; $60. A thick hedgehog.
#Bes2012-025b; $50. Another free-standing hedgehog. Has small glassy chip on base.
#Bes05025C: $75. Fine, sharply ornamented piece.
#Bes05025D: $75. Attractive, finely detailed surface pattern.
#Bes05025A: $80. A comma-shaped curl when viewed from the edge.
#Bes05025B: $80. Thin, ornate form. Beautiful.
#Bes2013-024; $80. Exceptionally beautiful little triangle with deep etching and a nice gloss.
#Bes2012-024a; $90. Beautiful thin triangular plate with high symmetry. Compare with #2012-026b above. Very
similar in size and shape, although this one is less bizarre in edge notching.
#Bes2012-024b; $60. A classic little Besednice.
2.3 gms (a)
#Bes2013-023a; $80. Superb little piece with delicate spines
2.3 gms (b)
#Bes2013-023b; $80. Nice sunburst geometry
#Bes2012-023a; $70. Pleasing twisted ribbon form. Free-standing.
#Bes2012-023b; $80. Remarkable spiny piece with a prominent medial groove. Very nive specimen!
#Bes2012-023c; $75. Great deeply ornamented example.
#Bes05023A: $60. Nice leaf-like symmetry.
#Bes7023: Is it a bird or a turtle? $55
#Bes05023: $55; A miniature "hog".
2.2 gms (a)
#Bes2013-022a; $60. A slender, deeply etched teardrop.
2.2 gms (b)
#Bes2013-022b; $55. Thin flat plate
2.2 gms (c)
#Bes2013-022c; $55. Moderately dished leaf-shape
#Bes2012-022a; $75. Classic willow-leaf symmetry. Very pleasing little classic.
#Bes2012-022b; $65 Nicely ornamented plate.
#Bes2012-022c; $75. A thicker piece that calls up images of the rising phoenix!
#Bes05022B: $55. Arrow-head or Christmas tree shape, unusual very fine textured pitting.
#Bes2013-021; $65. Great little willow-leaf.
#Bes2012-021a; $75. Here is a truly spectacular piece. The picture speaks for itself. See the near-twin
to this piece below: #2012-021d.
#Bes2012-021b; $50. Nicely ornamented.
#Bes2012-021c; $45. A flat-bottomed little dome.
#Bes2012-021d; $70. Almost a twin to #2012-021a above. These two are a remarkable set, virtually identical
in weight and dimensions.
#Bes05021: $55. Sweet little starburst! Jewelry?
#Bes04021a: $55 Another exceptionally thin plate.
#Bes04021b: $55 A nice miniature,
#Bes7021: With great symmetry, this thin, flat plate is perfect for jewelry! $60SOLD
#Bes05021A: $60. Quite symmetrical kite-shape.
#Bes05021B: $60. Thin, curved like a thin crescent moon in edge view.
2.0 gms (a)
#Bes2013-020a; $45. SOLDThin plate, fairly flat.
2.0 gms (b)
#Bes2013-020b; $45. A pretty little leaf.
#Bes2012-020a; $55. A slightly curved willow-leaf form.
#Bes2012-020b; $55. A bird-wing?
#Bes05020C: $60 Huge for its weight due to exceptional thinness.
#Bes7020a: Unusual form. $55SOLD
1.9 gms (a)
#Bes2013-019a; $40. Thin, flat plate
1.9 gms (b)
#Bes2013-019b; $45. Very glossy with delicate feather-edges. Comma-shaped in cross-section.
1.9 gms (c)
#Bes2013-019c; $45. Very pleasing cylindrical stone.
#Bes2012-018a; $50. A classic little Besednice.
#Bes2012-018; $50. A relatively equidimensional spiny hedgehog.
#Bes05018B: $55: Ultra-thin curved plate. Some of the ornamentation has etched clear through forming several
natural holes. You get a very large piece for the weight. Interesting.
1.7 gms (a)
#Bes2013-017a; $40. A symmetrical tipi-shaped flat plate
1.7 gms (b)
#Bes2013-017b; $40. beautifully ornamented triangle with slight curvature
#Bes2012-017a; $50. Another very pleasing classic-form Besednice.
#Bes2012-017b; $40. A thick-bodied sharply-ornamented apostrophe shape.
#Bes2012-017c; $20. has a small glassy chip, reducing the price.Sold
#Bes2013-016; $40. A totally gorgeous little gem with superb symmetrySold
#Bes2012-016a; $35. A nice thin triangle.
#Bes2012-016b; $35. classic Besednice character.
#Bes2012-016c; $45. Very sweet and pleasing piece!
#Bes2012-016d; $35. Nice ornamentation.
#Bes7016a: Remarkably ornate and deep-spined. $45
#Bes7016b: A sweet little gem. $45
1.5 gms (a)
#Bes2013-015a; $40. Another beautifully symmetrical gem.
1.5 gms (b)
#Bes2013-015b; $35. A thin, slightly curved plate with interesting U-shaped grooving.
1.5 gms (c)
#Bes2013-015c; $40. A gem with sharp spines.
#Bes2012-015a; $35. A perfect little equilateral triangle plate.
#Bes2012-015b; $30. rmarkable preservation of fragile thin fins.
#Bes2012-015c; $35. A glossy, very thin plate. Could be great jewelry piece with a silver backing---
#Bes7015a: Gently curved plate. $40
#Bes7015b: Nice symmetry. Sharp tips hidden in my fingers top and bottom. $40
#Bes2013-014; $35. Thin, slightly curved, interesting form.
#2Bes012-014; $35. Beautiful curved leaf shape.
#Bes05014: $30: Triangular little jewel
#Bes2013-013; $35. Beautiful rectangular flat plate
#Bes2012-013; $30. Deeply ornamented equilateral triangle plate.
#Bes2013-012; $35. An amazing miniature Besednice! Fabulous form and symmetry.
#Bes05012: $35: Very neat little classic.
#Bes2013-010; $35. Prominent natural hole!Sold
#Bes2012-010; $20. Sold Another jewell.
#Bes2012-009a; $20. Gossamer-thin plate. Relatively huge for its weight.
#Bes2012-009b; $20.Sold Perfect Besednice in miniature!
#Bes2013-008; $18. The Besednice hedgehogs have quills!
#Bes2013-006; $18. The Besednice hedgehogs have quills, (a sequel----)!
#04103: Spectacular. One of our best pieces! Fabulous symmetry. Thin, square plate
with one truncated corner. SOLD
#05050: Whoa! Amazing classic willow-leaf form. Thin and sharply spined. An outrageous piece by any standard.
Sold. He who hesitates is lost---
#04137: SOLD Look close. An amazing piece. A uniformly thin, curving plate with
spectacular ornamentation. Impressively big for its weight. One of our best.
#04087: A stunning, flawless, deeply ornamented specimen. Everything a great Besednice should be! Gorgeous
#04063: Tissue thin spine plates along either side of the top edge (in the image) cradle a bubble cavity.
A one-in-a-thousand chance for flawless survival, but this one made it. As delicate a specimen as you will ever
see, with very pleasing form! Sold
#7143: Amazing flawless fan-shaped plate. And HUGE!SOLD
Just for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the classics that we have previously sold. Congrats to the proud owners!
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