This Philippinite Tektite was supplied by a world renowned expert in Tektites ( Aubrey Whymark) who has access to a supply of these beautful objects
While tektites are readily available from China and Thailand - Philippinites are not as easy to source and there are far fewer on the market
Philippinites - also known as Rizalites and sub-type Bicolites are medial distance tektites formed in the Australasian impact event +/- 788,000 years ago
The source impact crater is likely around 43km in diameter and buried in the Gulf of Tonkin
This specimen would have been ejected around 1650 from the impact crater, travelling at around 3.8km / second and concentrated in ejecta rays.
The specimen you will receive will be the exact one pictured and it weighs 14.92 GRAMS
and measures 3cm across at its widest point
You will receive it boxed and labelled and also receive a full colour information sheet written by the supplier and Tektite expert Aubrey Whymark.
This is a lovely accompaniment to this rare sample and the knowledge it imparts willl add to the value of the specimen.
Tektites are a strange and to some - magical object, and while the lunar origin theory is largely discounted there is still a lot of mystery surrounding their exact origin.
While we know the origin of most meteorites that fall to Earth, no-one really knows exactly what caused these blobs of impact glass to arise.
You will also receive a signed certificate of authenticity - complete with a sophisticated holographic serial number - and an exclusive free gift - an illustrated A4 meteorite information sheet.
This was written by Mark Ford - Chairman of the BIMS (British And Irish Meteorite Society) and gives a useful overview of meteorites.
It will offer no revelations to a dedicated meteorite buff, but will be indispensable for a complete novice.
I fully guarantee the authenticity of every meteorite I sell.