This is a classic, splayed single crystal of legrandite over an inch in length, from the famous finds here of the 1970s into the early 1980s. These remain the best in the world for the species, overall, and this is a fine large thumbnail/small miniature example. The color is a wonderful saturated lemon yellow, and it backlights well. From the private collection of internationally known wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira (http://www.gaminiratnavira.com
), 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).