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Sri Lanka is painted with a vibrant and colorful aspect mainly because of the luxurious gems that the country so well known for. The island was once affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island, a reflection of its natural wealth. The famous Marco Polo even wrote that the island had the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems in the world.
It has been estimated that nearly 25% of the total land area of Sri Lanka is potentially gem-bearing, making Sri Lanka one of the countries with the highest density of gem deposits compared to its landmass.
The Gem industry in Sri Lanka has been in existence for over 2500 years. Some of the rarest of gem stones of exquisite beauty have taken pride of place, in the Crown jewels of Kings and Queens from the time of the Great Roman Emperors.
Sapphire is an aluminum oxide. Its colour varies from very light to dark blue to violetish-blue, bluish-green, yellow, slightly reddish-orange, brown, nearly opaque black, colourless, pink, violet and the pinkish-orange padparadscha (lotus flower).
The Ceylon Blue Sapphire is known for its beauty, possessing the glorious cornflower blue shade. As well as for being one of the few sapphires in the world that can be sold as a completely natural stone without heat treatment. The blues aside, Ceylon sapphires also come in beautiful hues including pink, yellow, orange, green, purple, lavender and of course, the inimitable padparadscha sapphire named after the lotus flower.
Ruby is an aluminum oxide, a variety of corundum; it occurs in medium to dark tones of red and violetish-red to brownish-red.
Alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl, which ideally shows a distinct colour change from green in fluorescent light or daylight to red in incandescent light.
Star stones of the corundum family are either star sapphires or rubies. When light falls on these stones, a star effect is visible. Sri Lanka is the best known source for star sapphires and star rubies. Star sapphires range in colour from grey to bluish-grey and from medium blue to medium dark blue. The very slightly purplish medium dark blue is the best colour grade for star sapphires. Star rubies range from light pink-red to purple-red through deep purple-red. The intense red star rubies are extremely rare. A good quality star stone should have a high degree of transparency and a well-defined star with no weak or missing rays.
Above are few of the many many many, beautiful gems of the country and if we were to talk to you about it all, well we’d run out of pages! So make sure to run by a gem store or outlet anywhere around the country and grab yourself a beauty of your choice!
Here are some of the well-known shops you can stop by;
"Around Colombo" :
Gamini Gems and Jewelry: No.42, Abdul Caffoor Mawatha, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka, Colombo 00300
Zam Gems: 81, Galle Road, 00400
Ceylon Gem Dealers: Colombo 01300
Wijaya Gems: No: 730, Galle Rd, Colombo
If you are visiting the beautiful cities and sites out of the Capital City :
Gamini Gems & jewelry (Pvt) Ltd: No.89/10, Lady Gordon's Drive, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Lady Gordon Rd, Kandy
Gamini Gem & jewelry (Pvt) Ltd: No.144/B/1, Trincomalee Road, Inamaluwa,Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Dambulla 21100