Ratnapura Tours – Rathnapura, Sri Lanka
About this place
From Colombo you drive 101km through every shade and tone of rich green and yellow green of rubber plantations, paddy fields and tea estates to reach Ratnapura – the City of Gems. Ratnapura is the most famous gem-min-ing locality in Sri Lanka. At the National Museum, the Ratnapura Gem Bureau and Museum or in many other gem workshops in Ratnapura , one can get the rare opportunity to see a varitety of precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, cat’s eyes, alexandrites, aquamarines, touramalines,spinels,topaz, garnets, amethyst, zircons ets. And also the traditional ways of cutting and polishing gem stones.
Throughout history, Sri Lanka has been known as a land of gems. King Solomon was said to have produced a great ruby for the Queen of Sheba form Sri Lanka. The 400 carat blue sapphire called “Blue Belle” which adorns the British Crown is from Sri Lanka. The beautiful star sapphire misnamed the “Star of India” is another Sri Lankan treasure.
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