Guimaras Tektite

Guimaras Island, Next to Panay Island, Philippines

Last week I was lucky enough to finish my job on the oil rig I was working on. I got home in time to join my wife on a trip to Iloilo, Philippines, which is often referred to as the gateway to the Philippines. Iloilo itself was a bit of a disappointment with not much to see - we didn't even see a Starbucks, which is apparently the highlight of the city. The next day (October 26th, 2008) we did a spot of island hopping. We went to Guimaras Island (and a couple of very small islands). On a beach at Raymens Beach Resort on Guimaras Island we bumped into a lady selling jewelry. Of course I asked if she had any tektites. To my surprise she didn't look at me blankly and instead produced a bracelet with a small tektite on it.

The young lady (I didn't get her name) was very knowledgable about all the rocks on the necklace and I was really impressed. She was using iron pyrite, calcite, a poor grade amethyst, tektites, pig teeth and pig tusks, snake vertebrae, plus some other miscellaneous man-made glass and rock beads. It turned out that she wanted to be a geologist, but comes from a poor family and couldn't afford the education, instead selling rather excellent jewelry on the beach. This piece cost me around $20, which is expensive by Filipino standard.

She said the tektite came from the mountains in Guimaras. Guimaras doesn't have any mountains, but I take this to mean the higher ground. I can't be 100% certain of the provenance, but I do trust that this specimen was, in all probability local - coming from Panay Island at the furthest. Beyer certainly recorded tektites in the Panay region.

ABOVE:  The very creative jewelry, which includes a tektite. Can my wife wear it?....No.

ABOVE:  A close-up of the tektite, wrapped in string.