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Gems

 

Sri Lanka has been famous for gemstones from the earliest times.It is an important exprot trade today . Many are in the Sabaragamuwa province  are  well known for gems. Ratnapura means the” city of gens”.It has gem museums displaying the wide range of gems, avaidlably  in the country.      The blue sapphire is the king of lankan gems. The 400 Carat blue sapphire called the “Blue Bell” which adorns the Btitish crown is from sri lanka. Rubies,cat eyes,alexandrites,aquamarines, tourmalines,spinals,topazes,garnets and amethysts are some of the precious stones found in sri lankan. The cutting of gems is a specialized job. Gems are cut and polished before they are set. Different regions in the country have different ways of making jewellery. Gems are generally warn for their beauty. People also believe that gems have the power to bring luck.The eraft was handed down from father to son.Now women too work in the gem trade.

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