Gem, Diamond and Jewellery
Sri Lanka, long associated with the international gem and jewellery trade, has been known as the cradle of treasures for its precious, natural gemstones. Both the artisan culture of jewellery craftsmanship and Sri Lanka’s gem industry has been widely acclaimed in literary works dating as far back as 250 B.C.
Today Sri Lanka has made its mark in the international market and is known for quality gemstones and creating fine jewellery in a range of unique and exquisite designs. With this reputation, the Sri Lankan gem and jewellery industry is now geared to establish a world-class gem and jewellery hub. The entire industry employs approximately 600,000 persons including miners, cutters and polishers, dealers, jewellery designers, manufacturers and craftsmen, marketers and sales people.
Sri Lanka is blessed with over 70 varieties of coloured stones out of 200 found in the world and is among the five most important gem-bearing nations of the world. Notably, Sri Lanka’s major strength is the “Ceylon Sapphire”. The country’s breathtaking natural heritage comprises of varieties of gem minerals, which includes:
- Blue, pink, yellow and golden sapphires
- Star sapphires
- Star rubies
- Cat’s eyes
- Quartz and many more