Corundum var. Ruby
Luc Yen, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
Miniature, 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm
Ex. Gamini Ratnavira
A highly unusual specimen, this cluster of small matrix rubies has intense color and features many crystals joined to one another in an unlikely sculptural arrangement. Lustrous, colorful, dramatic! 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).