You want to know more about tektites and impactites? Well, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Marjorie from thegreencrystal, and today we are discussing the difference between tektites and impactites, their healing properties, their metaphysical uses, and answering your top five questions about these stones.
The top five questions that we are going to answer about tektites and impactites today are:
- What is the difference between a tektite and an impactite?
- What are the metaphysical healing properties of tektites and impactites?
- How do you use them in your healing practice?
- How do you tell the difference between real versus fake tektites?
- Finally, what is the difference between black obsidian and black tektite?
In the end, I’ll also reveal if you are somebody who could use tektites and impactites in your life.
Impactite vs tektite
What is the difference between an impactite and a tektite?
First, let’s discuss impactites. An impactite is a rock that forms when a meteorite hits the Earth’s surface. From the heat and pressure of this impact, it deforms all the material in the impact site—rocks, sand, and minerals morph into a new rock. Once everything cools down, it becomes an impactite, found at the meteorite impact center.
The Nördlinger Ries Crater Stone is part of where a meteorite hit the Germany area millions of years ago, forming the Nördlinger Ries Crater. In this same crater, moldavite was also formed, although moldavite was found hundreds of miles away in the Czech Republic.
Moldavite is a green tektite formed from the same meteorite impact but turned into a tektite instead of an impactite.
A tektite is formed when the meteorite hits, and the heat and pressure cause a high silica content, turning it into a glassy splash out of the crater. It cools down and falls into glassy green pieces called moldavite, found in the Czech Republic area.
Both impactites and tektites are mostly composed of Earth minerals. However, some pieces may have tiny minerals from the original meteorite.
Original meteorites that land on Earth can be found anywhere, from deserts to forests and even oceans. Most of them disintegrate over time due to their high iron content, leaving behind impactites and tektites.
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Metaphysical properties of tektites and impactites
What is the metaphysical property of tektites and impactites? Many healers use them metaphysically to connect with both space and Earth energy.
Whether you’re looking to astral travel and connect with alien civilizations or you want to focus on healing the Earth here and now, these stones will be your aid.
They’re also great for transformation, so many people use tektites and impactites to help transform their lives for the better, for the positive path. This is a very powerful energy, so you want to make sure that you are ready to deal with all that emotional baggage that may be coming up, that you’re going to have to confront before you use tektites and impactites.
If you go back and read our Moldavite post, you’ll understand the Moldavite flush and can deal with it a little bit better if you are very sensitive to this high-frequency energy.
Impactites and tektites benefits
Are you somebody who could benefit from having impactites and tektites in your life? If any of these relate to you, then you could use them in your collection.
- If you are seeking a stone with a high vibration, have some impactites and tektites.
- If you are looking to fly high during your meditations and astral travels, these tektites and impactites are a must.
- If you’re looking to transform your lives and move forward positively, then manifest and use tektites.
- If you are somebody who is seeking to help heal the Earth, all the Earth minerals within these stones help to activate that grounding energy.
- If you want to connect with alien civilizations and go off traveling during your dream world, have tektites and impactites in your dream collection.
- If you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic gift for somebody, impactites, and tektites will make an impact.
How to use tektites and impactites?
Tektites and impactites interact in diverse ways.
Displaying tektites and impactites for universal connection
First of all, you can use display cases to showcase your unique tektites and impactites.
You can have three Libyan Desert glass tektites, and you can surround your space with these display cases so you’re constantly reminded of the vast universe, and your place in it, and you can expand your mind and your spiritual powers to see beyond everyday life.
Hold impactites and tektites during meditation
You can hold your impactites and tektites during meditation. This will help elevate your spiritual state, and your high vibrations, much quicker than being stuck here in your physical body, listening to the grind of your overactive mind.
Hold your impactites and tektites to help you get into that spiritual meditative state much more quickly.
Activate your cosmic dreams
Keep tektites and impactites in your dream crystal collection. Place them near your bedside, near your bed, and they will help to activate your dreams beyond this world, beyond things that you can imagine—meeting up with alien civilizations or other things out there in the universe that we don’t even know about.
Moldavite is a very popular tektite that has been used by many healers to transform their lives into a positive wavelength.
It is also used at the heart chakra for those of you seeking cosmic love. You can open the heart chakra with green moldavite, and moldavite, like your Libyan Desert glass, can be held in pieces or worn, like moldavite necklace or moldavite earrings.
How to spot fake tektite?
How do you identify real versus fake tektite? Unfortunately, because tektites have become so popular, some vendors will fake them with other materials or even just regular man-made glass.
The best way to identify real tektites is to send them to a certified gemological laboratory or buy them from a trusted vendor who knows where their tektites are coming from.
Now, there are a few tips on how to tell tektites on your own, and I’m going to give you a few here.
Keep in mind, we are just talking about tektites here, not impactites. Impactites are a little bit more difficult for individuals to identify because they are composed of so many different rocks and materials. So, tektites—these are the glassy impactites, and we are going to talk about these.
First of all, one tip is that real tektites are always only a certain color.
Verifying tektites through their shades
They’ll be a yellowish color like Libyan Desert glass. There will be black tektite, sometimes a golden brownish—so that’s the black tektite version.
If you look in the light on some of the thinner parts of your black tektite, you should be able to see a golden brown hue, whereas sometimes the hue could look gray, and that is suspicious of being obsidian.
Besides yellowish-brownish black, you could also have a green tektite, like the green moldavites. If you have any other colors or tones that do not match, then you do not have a real tektite.
Air bubbles help you spot real tektites
Real tektites may have air bubbles trapped within their structure.
Just like man-made glass, tektite is a natural glass and it may have those air bubbles. This will not distinguish it between man-made glass but between other materials that wouldn’t have air bubbles, like plastics or other synthetics.
Here is Libyan Desert glass again, and if you had a microscope and could see within the stone, you may pick up some air bubbles.
You can try the streak test and see if you can distinguish if your tektite is real. Real tektites will have a white or colorless streak, and this is done over an unglazed white tile.
So, you streak your stone over the tile, and you see what color the powder comes out. All the tektites, regardless of their outer surface, will have a white or colorless streak, and other stones may have other colors. This is how you can distinguish them apart from real tektite.
Identifying tektites by their touch
Real tektites will have an irregular pattern or texture on the raw pieces. Because they were flung into the air when they were formed, one side will have a different kind of texture or feel or pattern than the other.
This only applies if you have the raw pieces, of course, because if they’re polished, they can be manipulated however you want.
If you see something that is supposed to be a raw piece but it looks pretty much uniform throughout, then you can be a little suspicious. Real tektite is never metallic-looking.
Black tektite vs black obsidian
How do you tell black obsidian apart from black tektite? These two rocks can be mixed up because they look so similar sometimes.
To tell the two apart, you can use some of the tests that we talked about before, or some things are distinct to obsidian that you will not find in real black tektite.
For example, black obsidian can sometimes have a grayish or lavender hue when you look through the stone. If it is translucent, you can see more of a grayish tone, whereas the black tektite will always either just be black or have a golden brown tone.
Black obsidian also can be a little bit magnetic if it has magnetite inclusions, whereas black tektite is never magnetic.
Black obsidian can also have a high water content, you would need a destructive test where you use a blowtorch, and you will see that the obsidian will kind of crack and fizzle, and the bubbles will come out, whereas the tektite will kind of just slowly melt. This is how you can tell that real tektite does not have that water content within it.
Black tektite can also have inclusions, colors, iridescence, and layers. Let me show you a black tektite with the black obsidian with the layers. This is also known as midnight obsidian or midnight lace obsidian. You can see the little lines through it; these are the layers within the obsidian stone, whereas black tektite never has the layers.
The reason why you can be confused with obsidians and black tektites is that they are both natural glasses found here on Earth.
However, tektites are formed from that impact—the meteorite impact that only happens that one time the meteorite hits. Obsidians can be formed anytime there’s volcanic activity, as obsidian is a volcanic natural glass.
Sometimes you will come across vendors either deceitfully or unknowingly selling obsidian as black tektite, so you want to be aware of certain names that are a big tip-off that you are buying the wrong thing.
Make sure to do your research before you go out searching for black tektites, so you’re not confused with all these other terms that have been thrown out there in the marketing world to trick you into buying obsidian.
Now, a word about slag glass. Slag glass is often mistaken for obsidian and can also be mistaken for black tektite if you’re unaware.
Slag glass vs tektites
Slag glass is a man-made material that is leftover from metal smelting processes. It’s found all over the world wherever there is metal smelting or fires or industrial uses for this material. It resembles obsidian, or it could resemble black tektite as well.
But slag glass piece has a lavender hue which tektites do not. It has layers, which tektites do not, and it has large visible air bubbles, which tektites usually have very microscopic ones and you would need a microscope for.
Combine the energies of black tektite and obsidian
For those of you who like to combine the energies of black tektite and obsidian, you can have the black tektite mahogany obsidian bracelets.
These are strung with natural black tektites. They are coated, though, so you might get a little confused. A lot of beads are coated for protection and durability, especially when you’re wearing them on your wrist as you’re always using your hands, and you might crack them if they were not coated.
You can also have black tektite. If you do look at the thin edges of these tektites, you will see a golden brown hue. Then you have mahogany obsidian, and that is black obsidian with a lot of red hematite inclusions. These two together are great for those who want to balance space and Earth energies.
Conclusion on tektites and impactites
Did you learn something new about tektites and impactites? Do you understand the difference now? Are you looking forward to using them in your healing practice? We would love to hear your stories, your questions about tektites and impactites. You can email us, where you can also shop for a whole collection of natural tektites, impactites, and jewels.