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Gems

August 4, 2010

   Sri Lanka has been famouse for gemstones from the earliest times. It is an important export trade today. Many areas in the Sabaragamuwa province are well known for gems. Ratnapura means the City of Gems. It has gem museums displaying the wide range of gems, availabloe in the country.

   The Blue Sapphire is the king of Sri Lanka gems. The  400  carat blue sapphire called the Blue Bell which adorns the British crown is from Sri Lanka. Rubies, cats eyes, alexandrites, aquamarines, tourmalines,spinals, topazes, garnets and amethysts are  some of the precious stones found in Sri Lanka.

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