Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.9 x 2.4 cm
La Madrelena Mine, Tres Posos, Municipio de Tacate, Baja Calif., Mexico
Ex. Al Ordway
Thin veins of lustrous and translucent, strawberry colored gillespite are emplaced in beautifully color contrasting white Baryte. Gillespite is a rare barium, iron silicate. This is a very rich, colorful, superb piece of the material. Interestingly, it was a gift to Al from well-known San Diego collector, heiress Josephine Scripps, in 1980. She herself was an active field collector and often went to Mexico in search of finding her own minerals, so it is likely she self-collected this.