The Sri Lanka’s Gem industry contains a long, rich, colourful history. Sri Lanka is also known as Ratna-Dweepa which means the “Island of Jewels” and this name is a reflection of its natural wealth. Gemstone use in Sri Lanka dates back to at least 2,000 years and is known to have the highest density of Gem deposits compared to its land mass.
While you are in Sri Lanka, you will have the opportunity to visit the most famous Gem centres of Sri Lanka. Ratnapura contains the most gem deposits and derived its name from the gem industry as Ratnapura means the “city of gems”. Also, Kandy is famous for best quality Gems and Jewellery as world famous Gem markets are located there which you will be able to explore.
South West is where most of the gemstone mining takes place, the monsoon season lasts from June to October. Sri Lanka is located in the path of major trade routes in the Indian Ocean, an advantage that helped establish it as one of the world’s most important gem sources. The blue sapphires from Sri Lanka are known as Ceylon Sapphire. Ceylon Sapphires are repeatedly unique in colour, clarity and lustre compared to the blue sapphires from other countries.
Overall, the island’s gem and jewellery industry displays remarkable vitality and ambition for growth and is striving for greater international recognition.