• Gem Lapidaries in Sri Lanka - Attuned to the fine art of Gem Cutting in Sri Lanka

    17/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Gem Lapidaries in Sri Lanka - Attuned to the fine art of Gem Cutting in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has been celebrated for the brightest and the most valuable gemstones in the world and was suspected to be the locality of mythical ‘Tarshish’, the port city, which supplied King Solomon with gems, silver, pearls and ivory.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Gem Exports to China set to increase

    16/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka’s Gem Exports to China set to increase

    In the wake of the Free Trade Agreement between China & Sri Lanka to be finalized around March 2017 and of the recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) & Guangdong Gems and Jade Exchange (GDGJE), it’s on the cards that Sri Lankan gem exports to China, the world’s largest gem importer enjoying the lion’s share, that is, 76.8% of the world gem market - In financial terms, China’s gem imports amount to a whopping US $25.8 billion - will grow considerably.

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  • Ceylon Sapphire’s Star is Rising Due to Changing Market Trends

    12/01/2017

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Sapphire’s Star is Rising Due to Changing Market Trends

    Sri Lanka was once again reaffirmed as the Rathnadweepa or ‘the isle of gems’ by the discovery of the biggest blue star sapphire from a mine in Rathnapura, the town of gems.

    Weighing an astonishing 1404 carats, the rare star sapphire now known as ‘Star of Adam’ was valued at over USD 300 million. Found during the fall of the year 2015, the star sapphire has evoked a greater interest and excitement among the global gem and jewelry traders.

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  • FACETS International Gem and Jewellery Show in September

    03/08/2016 Daily News

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    FACETS International Gem and Jewellery Show in September

    The Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association announced the approach of the 26th edition of ‘FACETS’ Sri Lanka’s foremost annual International Gem and Jewelry Show.

    Established in 1991 with the patronage of the state and private sectors, the show has become the pinnacle event in the industry calendar. To be held at the BMICH from September 1-4.

    FACETS will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena who will grace the event.

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  • Sri Lankan Goldsmiths – Jewellery Makers of Sri Lanka

    18/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Goldsmiths – Jewellery Makers of Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has been known for exquisite jewellery designs made with gold and silver and decorated with precious gems for nearly three thousand years.

    Country's most famous political prisoner of all times, Robert Knox, observed that many women in ancient Sri Lanka at least owned one piece of exquisitely made gold or silver jewellery adorned with a precious stone.

    Gold and silver jewellery plays a larger part in Sri Lankan culture, they are an essential part of a local bride's trousseau regardless of her economic and social standards and is among the first of the investments parents make for their daughters. 

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  • Celebrated Ruby Gems of Sri Lanka

    17/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    Celebrated Ruby Gems of Sri Lanka

    Famed for their clarity and distinct pink red colour rubies from Sri Lanka has had a special place in global history.

    A giant ruby from Sri Lanka helped King Solomon win the heart of Queen Sheba and another in his regal ring carried magical powers, and even after several thousand years, Sri Lankan rubies are celebrated for their colour, cut and quality.

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  • The Adventures and Romance of Gem Mining in Sri Lanka

    17/09/2015

    02/01/2017
    The Adventures and Romance of Gem Mining in Sri Lanka

    The search for a colourful precious gemstones is a struggle between life and death to many gemstone miners in Sri Lanka, who risk their lives deep inside the gem pits in search of the precious bounties of the earth. The earth’s greatest concentration of gems in over 50 varieties is found within the country’s land area of approximately 25,000 square miles. 

    Mining for gem stones is a group attempt in Sri Lanka, where a group of miners combine effort with a landowner and an investor to search for that one gemstone that would fetch them an earth shattering price.

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  • Great Expectations

    06/09/2015 Sunday Leader

    02/01/2017
    Great Expectations

    Chairman of FACETS Sri Lanka Juzar Adamaly said that the next goal of FACETS Sri Lanka is to establish Colombo as the Gem and Jewellery Hub of Asia. He made this remark while officially declaring the opening of 25th ‘FACETS Sri Lanka’ International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition in BMICH.

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  • Over 150 exhibitors at Facets 2015 today

    03/09/2015 Daily News

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    Over 150 exhibitors at Facets 2015 today

    FACETS Sri Lanka 2015, the annual international gem and jewellery show, will be the flagship event of the sector.

    More than 150 exhibitors will showcase their products from today till Sunday at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. . “It is over a 10,000 foot fall this year throughout the four days of the exhibition. A large number of buyers from China have confirmed while over 100 international buyer delegation are expected to attend the show from China, India, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Russia, Norway and Germany,” one of the top gem and jewellery exhibitors Zam Gems Managing Director Ahsan Refai told the Daily News business.

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  • Ceylon Sapphires, Alexandrites and Rubies : With Peerless Glitter & Priceless Value

    22/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Sapphires, Alexandrites and Rubies : With Peerless Glitter & Priceless Value

    Sri Lanka has been called 'Rathnadvipa' or 'the land of gems' from time immemorial. The allusion is telling given the widely held belief that nearly 70% of the landmass potentially hoards some of the world's most precious stones. The abundance of gemstones on Sri Lankan soil is such that out of some 200 minerals that are classified as gemstones, about 75 varieties are found in Sri Lanka.

    For centuries, Sri Lanka has earned great global renown for its blue sapphires, star sapphires, star rubies and pathmaraga sapphires. Boasting an unusually fine quality, Sri Lankan sapphires come in a wide range of enchanting hues, from deep blues to legendary delicate pinks. The Ceylon blue sapphire is also one of the few sapphires in the world that can be sold as a perfectly natural stone sans heat treatment. All these highly merchantable qualities of Ceylon sapphire help it claim great recognition worldwide - a brand created more by the sellers and consumers than by the producers of the stone.

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  • Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    With a growing global reputation as a central hub for cutting and polishing diamonds and precious gemstones, Sri Lanka is a main supplier of precious stones to leading jewellery designers and watch making brands in the world.

    Nearly 3000 organisations equipped with trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment and generations of experience are engaged with the task of shaping raw and uncut gemstones to their best look prior to exportation.

    Sri Lankan miners, jewellers and gem traders have been experts in bringing out the best colour, clarity and texture of a gemstone for nearly 30 centuries. Even the earliest gemstones found during the archaeological excavations show signs of advance faceting compared to the rudimentary polishing and cutting methods used in other gem trading countries like India.

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  • Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    Of the 200 minerals, that have been classified as precious gemstones, 75 are found in abundance in Sri Lanka, making this pearl shaped small island a big player in global gem and jewellery market.

    Sri Lanka ranks with Myanmar, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand as one of the world's most important gem-bearing nations. Although Sri Lanka is largely known for precious sapphires and rubies, the main types of gemstones found in Sri Lanka belongs to five major categories, which are; corundum, chrysoberyl, spinel, garnet and tourmaline.

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  • Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    15/07/2015

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    Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    The timeless brilliance of Sri Lankan gems is, indeed, the stuff of legends. This is undoubtedly evident in the fact that a multitude of Sri Lankan gems are being treasured around the world by both top museums and private collectors. This blogpost seeks to mention a couple of the most famous, priceless gems that are so jealously guarded.

    Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

    Weighing some 138.7 carats, the Rosser Reeves Star Ruby is one of the world’s biggest and most precious star rubies. This Sri Lankan stone is famed for its striking colour and noticeable star pattern. Advertising mogul Rosser Reeves, whom this stone is named after, donated this to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1965.

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  • Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    09/07/2015 Daily News

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    Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    SLGJA Chairman A.P. Jayarajah, Facets Sri Lanka 2015 Chairman, Juzar Adamaly, Export Development Chairman Bandula Egodage and Foreign Promotions Chairman Armil Sammoon.

    Sri Lanka’s largest gem and jewellery Facets 2015 will pave the way for local gem and jewellery dealers to showcase their products for international markets.

    This will also enable small players in the industry to enter into the international arena. “We are expecting over a 10,000 participants this year throughout the four days of the exhibition. A large number of buyers from China have confirmed whilst over 100 international buyer delegation are expected to attend the show from several countries, Chairman Facets Sri Lanka Juzar Adamaly to the media conference held at Cinnamon Grand hotel. The event will be hosted by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and the SME pavilion from the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB)

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  • Gem and jewellery exports to surge

    31/05/2015 Sunday Observer

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    Gem and jewellery exports to surge

    Sri Lanka's gem and jewellery export revenue will surge this year following the enormous exposure the country received at the International Coloured Gemstone Association (ICA) Congress held recently in Sri Lanka, Chairman, Facets Sri Lanka, Juzar Adamaly said on the sidelines of the 16th Congress at the Cinnamon Grand recently.

    He said a large number of buyers and dealers across the world at the Congress were highly impressed with the country and the range of exquisite products it offers to the global market. It is premature to put a figure but certainly export revenue will spike within a month or two.

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  • Sri Lanka’s gem industry calls for increasing export earnings through value addition: EDB

    11/03/2015

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    Sri Lanka’s gem industry calls for increasing export earnings through value addition: EDB

    Sri Lanka’s coloured stone industry which is the fourth largest export earner in the island should export more value addition gems to contribute better to the country’s’ export earnings , a senior official at Export Development Board (EDB) said.

    “We are doing our best to achieve the highest value added gem market,” Bandula Egodage, chariman and chief executive of Sri Lanka Export Development Board said.

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  • Sri Lanka’s gem industry eyes recovery

    11/02/2015 The Island

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    Sri Lanka’s gem industry eyes recovery

    A $1bn revenue target is spearheading Sri Lanka’s efforts to solidify its place as a key source market for gemstones and jewellery, although flat global sales of luxury goods, coupled with labour shortages, risk hindering the country’s efforts.

    Sri Lanka is home to 70 of the world’s 200 varieties of coloured stones, including its best-known export, the Ceylon sapphire. Estimates suggest that 80-90% of the country’s rock formations could hold gem deposits.

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  • FACETS 24th edition ends on a high note

    13/09/2014 Daily FT

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    FACETS 24th edition ends on a high note


    The 24th edition of FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the international gem and jewellery exhibition organised by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) ended in a high note. The event was very successful with over 150 stall holders including individual exhibitor pavilions from The National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and an SME pavilion from the Export Development Board (EDB).

    In addition, over 100 international buyer delegations attended the expo, across China, India, Myanmar, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Russia and Germany. Stall holders from Singapore, Dubai, Myanmar, China and India also participated at the event.

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  • Record number of SMEs to participate in FACETS Sri Lanka 2014

    01/09/2014 Daily FT

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    Record number of SMEs to participate in FACETS Sri Lanka 2014

    Over 50 small and medium enterprises will take part in FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the international gem and jewellery exhibition, according to the organising committee. Organised by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA), this year’s event held for its 24th year, will be held from 4-7 September at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre.

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  • Steps taken to expand Gem and Jewelry exports

    18/03/2014 news.lk

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    Steps taken to expand Gem and Jewelry exports

    Sri Lanka’s Gem and Jewelry Industry is emerging as one of the biggest foreign exchange earning industry for the country. The Gem and Jewellery Authority has implemented many measures to uplift the industry.

    These includes holding periodical exhibitions locally and in foreign countries and providing facilities for gem miners and establishing partnerships with other gem exporting countries in the world.

    As a result of these activities Myanmar has invited Sri Lanka to establish cooperation in the industry.  Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Lakshman Wasantha Perera said that with this new initiative from Myanmar we could establish new industries both local and foreign to enable us to generate huge employment opportunities locally and overseas, in addition to development of Sri Lankan exports.

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