Mina Congresso, San Pedro Correlitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm
Ex. Gamini Ratnavira

A riveting, intense yellow-orange miniature, from this important and one-time-only 1969 find. This discovery was unique and is now legendary! Never repeated! This has big yellow balls, and looks like an inflating cluster of balloons. Complete all around. About the best color you ever see in the material. As well, undamaged examples like this turn up only seldom. 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).