Alex Ratnayake's Profile
I am a Gemmologist and a Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association.
I was born in Moscow, Russia to a Russian mother and Sri Lankan father and spent the majority of my childhood in Sri Lanka before immigrating to Canada in 1989.
I have been obsessed with rocks and minerals since my childhood in Sri Lanka.
It all began when I walked my bicycle across a stream and came out with a small Ruby crystal stuck in my sock. After that I started exploring the Sri Lankan countryside with my friend (a son of a wonderful missionary couple from the USA) looking for rocks, minerals and pretty much anything interesting (we once discovered an Olive tree growing in the outskirts of Kandy before we even knew what olives were - they were curiously yummy).
The rest, as they say, is history…
- Joined February 25, 2012
- Alex Ratnayake
- Toronto, ON, Canada