Beryl var. Aquamarine
Shigar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Gamini Ratnavira
This is a 360-degree spray of radiating aquamarine crystals, shooting out from a common core. While not particularly deep in color, nor particularly gemmy per se, it is VERY artistically arranged and dramatic in its geometry! From the private collection of internationally known wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira (, who started collecting small mineral specimens many years ago after exposure to the mineral community in his residence of Fallbrook, California. For a number of years, Gamini made mineral watercolors for private collectors on commission for $500 each. For his own enjoyment, he also made watercolor paintings of all of his pieces, and the painting is included here with the specimen (7 x 7 cm paintings set in custom 14.5 x 14.5 cm frames).