Gemstones in Sri Lanka

Gem industry in sri lanka

Throughout the history, Sri Lanka has been known as a land of gems. Today Sri Lankan gems are most popular goods among the Tourists. Tourists who visit to Sri Lanka they are willing to buy Sri Lankan gems and jewelers.

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.Srilanka has nearly 75-80 Colored Gemstone varieties literally making it the Treasure Island.

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Main species of Gemstones found in Sri Lanka are as follows.

Gem Mining in Sri Lanka

The prominent gem mining areas in sri lanka are Ratnapura, Balangoda, and Elahera. The most commonly used Gemstone mining method in Sri Lanka is Pit-Head Mining and Tunneling. Surface Placer Mining and River Bed Dredging are the other methods used widely.

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Gem Museums in Ratnapura

This was Established by a local gemologist and a good place to learn about gems stone and gem mining in sri lanka.

Here visiters have the opportunity to see the raw gem stones being cut and polished and to learn and understand the gem industry better.

There are several other private gem museums and gem cutting centres, which are also sales outlets.

Gemmological Museum Ratnapura

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