What do the Queen of Sheba, the famous Caliph of Baghdad, Haroun al-Raschid, the Duchess of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana all have in common? They are just some of the famous names fortunate enough to have owned exquisite gemstones mined in Sri Lanka.
Fortunately for lovers of some of the world’s finest gems, the soil of Sri Lanka produces a seemingly endless supply of these precious stones. And just as reassuringly, Sri Lanka also has skilled jewellers who produce jewellery that meets the standards of the world’s top jewellery houses.
Sri Lanka is renowned for producing the finest and largest blue sapphires in the world, and also has the biggest variety of gems in the world, with 40 out of the 85 gemstones in existence found on the island. With the greatest concentration of gems on earth, Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the top 5 gem producing nations. Much of the country’s surface contains gemstone minerals ranging from Blue and Yellow Sapphires, Star Rubies and Star Sapphires, Pathparaja, Topaz, Amethyst, Garnet, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Alexandrites and Cat’s Eyes to name a few.