Gamini Ratnavira Painting - Benitoite

Gamini Ratnavira Painting - Benitoite
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Benitoite is the California State gemstone, a unique and rare titanium mineral that is found nowhere else on the planet in good crystals except for a small area of San Benito County in California. The deposit is a chance of nature, whereby a small piece of the lower crust bordering the mantle was churned up to the surface, with these odd minerals forming in it. These sharp blue triangles are unique in the mineral world for their seemingly carved shape and form, combined with a resonant blue color. The deposit is nearly mined out, so very few more benitoites can ever be expected: This is a sharp specimen with crystals to an inch in size contrasting starkly to their matrix of natrolite. 3.5 inch specimen.

Gamini Ratnavira is a world-renowned wildlife artist. After becoming a master wildlife artist Gamini began painting minerals as a way of representing his heritage as Ratnavira means 'heroes of gems' and his family's traditional caste were jewelers to the royalty of Sri Lanka dating back several centuries. His father Sardha Ratnavira was the first Asian to qualify at the Gemological Institute of American in Los Angeles, CA. Gamini designed award-winning jewelry with his father and mined with his grandfather in Ratnapura developing a life long interest in gems and minerals. For more on Gamini Ratnavira, click here

Each of Gamini's paintings is available as a limited-edition print, personally signed and numbered by the artist. We use only the finest archival material - from the ink to the paper even including the mat and frame.

Our pigment-based inks are considered to be archival, museum-quality inks. We print only on an acid-free, archival, 100% rag paper from Hahnemühle - a German paper company founded over 400 years ago. This paper is the gold standard against which all other fine art papers are compared.

The framing for each print is custom-made and available in your choice of five styles. The mats are also of archival quality ensuring a long life for your print.

Actual print size is 8.5" x 11" and is limited to a 100 print run.

Black Frame
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Cherry Frame
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Light wood Frame
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Gold-guilded Frame
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Silver-guilded Frame
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