Sri Lanka’s Splendid Stones

Sri Lanka is also called Ratnadvipa �the island of gems. Sapphires of various beautiful hues are found here: blue, pink, yellow, violet, white, green, orange, and pink-orange (padparadscha).

The gemstone industry in the country has flourished for thousands of years. Biblical scriptures refer to gems being brought from Ceylon to King Solomon’s court. The Mahavansa, Sri Lanka’s historical epic, refers to the island’s reputation for its wealth in gems. The origin of numerous priceless gemstones can be traced back to the island, such as:

Today, Sri Lanka is globally renowned as the largest source of top quality, colour-rich, natural, large blue sapphires. Recent amazing discoveries in Sri Lanka include a massive 8042 carat stone found in Pelmadulla, a fine blue sapphire weighing 2516 carats found in Ellawala and a beautiful stone weighing 4002 carats found in Neelagama.

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