Sri Lanka is also called Ratnadvipa â€?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 Solomonâ€™s court. The Mahavansa, Sri Lankaâ€™s historical epic, refers to the islandâ€™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.