Ceylon Sapphires

While Sri Lanka is celebrated around the world for our vast range of gemstones, there is a special historical bond between Sri Lanka and its sapphires. Acclaimed around the world with the unique geographical indication of Ceylon Sapphires, sapphires from Sri Lanka are found in various colours and sizes, with the exception of the colour indigo.

Today, Sri Lanka is one of the largest sources of sapphire to the global market with over 300 gemstone suppliers and lapidaries serving the growing demand for Sri Lankan gemstones. Not only Sri Lanka is the most productive source of sapphires to the world, but we also boast of some of the oldest mines in the world, reaching as far as the Second Century AD and international trade of Ceylon Sapphires have been recorded as far as the 4th and 5th century AD.

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Industry Facts

  • $298 million

    in Export Revenue in 2019

  • 300,000 people


  • 70%

    of Sri Lanka’s land mass is potentially gem bearing

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Trade Fairs & Exhibitions

  • Sri Lanka Pavilion at CISMEF 2024 – China

    The EDB in collaboration with the IDB proposes to organize a Sri Lanka Pavilion at 19th China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou, China

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  • The 7th edition of China International Import Expo (CIIE)

    The 7th edition of China International Import Expo (CIIE) will be held from 5th to 10th November 2024 at the National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China. The EDB in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and Sri Lanka Consulate General in Shanghai, China is making arrangements to organize Sri Lanka’s participation at the 7th CIIE-2024.

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  • Ceylon Blue Sapphire

    Ceylon Blue Sapphire

    While sapphires account for 85% of the 130 precious gemstone varieties mined in Sri Lanka, none of the Ceylon Sapphire varieties is as popular around the world as the Ceylon Blue Sapphire, gem corundum that displays a celebrated shade of blue comparable with the hue of Cornflowers. Widely identified for its characteristic lighter and brighter blue, Ceylon Blue Sapphires were traded around the world as far as the 2nd Century A.D.

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  • Padparadscha sapphire or Padmaraga

    Padparadscha sapphire or Padmaraga

    Historically known as the rarest and the most valuable corundums found in Sri Lanka, the Padparadscha sapphire, features a delicate combination of pink and orange, a hue in between a ruby and a yellow sapphire, resembling the tips of a new lotus flower at the dawn, the name derives from the Sanskrit term padmaraga for lotus blossom.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Competitive Advantage

    Sri Lanka’s Competitive Advantage

    Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery value chain had been nurtured and fine-tuned for centuries with each generation adding to the collective knowledge and skills in gemstone mining, cutting, trading, jewellery manufacturing. Today our centuries-old tradition and reputation as a coloured gemstone mining, trading, and cutting hub converge with the technologies, skill sets, and strategies of the global market, providing Sri Lanka with a competitive edge over the other gem-trading countries.

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Ceylon Sapphires

Ceylon Sapphires, as the sapphires found in Sri Lanka are famously known, come in all the hues and shades of the rainbow with the small exception of indigo and are known to naturally possess the best clarity, transparency and saturation.

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Ceylon Sapphires