Moldavite fever in south Bohemia
In addition to garnets, the Czech Republic can offer the world one other semi-precious stone found almost exclusively on its territory – a bottle-green gemstone going by the name of moldavite. There are currently four moldavite mines operating in the Czech Republic but rich deposits of the gem in southern Bohemia have now attracted hordes of moldavite hunters out to make a quick fortune.
“The area concerned is simply too extensive –it is not in our power to safeguard the entire region. All we can do is perform checks in the worst affected areas.”
“This used to be one of our best forests – now it resembles a moonscape. The only solution is to open up a mine here and mine the deposits legally –after which the land will be re-cultivated.”
Putting this plan in motion is expected to take around six months. The town hall has already set the ball rolling but until it has the required permits and selected a mining firm for the job the green fever in south Bohemia is not likely to let up.