CEYLON GEMS & PRECIOUS STONES
Ceylon gems are world famous. Sri Lanka was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island.
There are about 200 known minerals in the world which are classified as precious gemstones. Now, Sri Lanka hosts about 75 of those precious gemstones which are found in abundance in the country. The country is largely known for its precious sapphires and rubies, but categorically we can divide five major types of gemstones which are found in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka as a country is termed by the name Ratna-Dweepa (Rathnadeepa) due to the availability of some of the rarest of gemstones of exquisite beauty and pride. Some of the main species of gemstones found in Sri Lanka are Blue Sapphire, Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, Alexandrite, Spinel, Quartz, Moonstone, Asteriated Sapphires, Topaz, Beryl and Tourmaline, etc. These gems are very famous among tourists coming to Sri Lanka due to their beauty, durability, strength, and rarity with varied color combinations available in the market.
It is now becoming a global hub both as a distribution channel as well as a center for cutting and polishing and treating precious gemstones where the industry is benefitted highly due to strict government policies relating to import and export regulations. Ceylon gems and jewelry making industry follows strict international guidelines to create some of the best Gems in the industry and thus giving a boost to the entire industry in the country.