Gems of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island of the Indian Ocean, located in the southern tip of India. It measures 65,610 square kilometers (40,768 square miles), with 1,340 kilometers (832 miles) of coastline. In Sri Lanka, there are a lot of natural resources therefore many tourists came here to spend their holiday.
Most of the country in the world, Sri Lanka was known by their tea and gems. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka, this country known as “Ratna - Dweepa” this Sinhala name connotes the meaning “The Island of Gemstone”. Local and foreign chronicles and ancient reports attest to this name (Land od gemstone).
Gems are actually found in many parts of Sri Lanka, but the Ratnapura district is the island’s richest source. The origin of these gems is the geological rubble eroded from the central highlands, which is washed down from the hills along the valleys which crisscross the area – a gravelly mixture of eroded rock, mineral deposits, precious stones, and muddy alluvial deposits
Today Sri Lankan gems are the most popular goods among the Tourists. Tourists who visit Sri Lanka they are willing to buy Sri Lankan gems and jewelers. They are a preference to Sri Lankan gems. In Sri Lanka, there are 200 minerals have been classified as a gemstone. Their beauty, durability, rarity, and combination of these attributes which should be fulfilled make a mineral worthy of being classified as a gemstone. The main gemstone species found in Sri Lanka are Blue Sapphire, Ruby, Padparadscha, Yellow Sapphire, Asteriated Sapphires (Star Sapphires), Alexandrite, Spinel, Tourmaline, Beryl, Quartz, Moonstone, etc.