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Gemstones in Sri Lanka Photos


Sri Lanka is well known for its endless beaches, wonderfully friendly locals and exotic wildlife. The gemstones in Sri Lanka are equally renowned and as the history of the gemstone industry is a long and eventful one. For decades the enchanting island was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which translates to Gem Island.

Gemstones in Sri Lanka were brought to attention by explorer Marco Polo, who famously wrote about the islands natural wealth. The Italian merchant made claims that Sri Lanka was home to some of the most desirable sapphires, topazes and amethysts in the world.

Sri Lanka has one of the worlds most highly dense gem deposits with almost 25% of Sri Lanka being gem bearing. With roughly 200 types of minerals known around the world, Sri Lanka is home to approximately 75 varieties. Some of the most common gemstones found on the island are chrysoberyl, beryl, spinel, topaz, zircon, tourmaline, garnet, sapphire and of course ruby.

Gemstone Tours in Sri Lanka 

Through our photo gallery of Sri Lanka, you can experience all that the stunning island has to offer. Enjoy photography of the breathtaking landscape to the traditional gem mines. These photos also give you an insight into the rich heritage and culture.
Gemstone detective offers escorted tours to marvel at gemstones in Sri Lanka as well as some other of the worlds gemstone rich countries. Our tours allow you a unique opportunity to visit gem mines, jewellery shops and gemstone markets while learning to effectively trade in a foreign country. Kim Rix our leading gemmologist will also share her knowledge, expertise and trusted contacts with you.

Gemstone detective tours have organised a mini-package and fun-filled itinerary for a small group of travellers. Our Gemstone Detective tours include transportation, food and a friendly English-speaking tour guide with local knowledge. Find out more about our upcoming tours and discover all we have to offer at Gemstone Detectives.