The Magnificent Sapphires of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a major exporter of precious stones in the world. The Gem industry in Sri Lanka has been in existence for over 2,500 years. Sri Lanka is home to the finest gem dealers you can hope to find. No trip to the island is complete without a visit to the many well-known shops selling gems and jewelry in Colombo and Galle, Rathnapura and Kandy.

Beautiful sapphires are ideal in rings and bracelets as they are durable and stand up to daily wear. Made popular by the late Princess Diana with her striking blue sapphire engagement ring, this dazzling stone remains a highly favored gem.

Blue Sapphires

Sri Lankan blue sapphires are universally well-known for their magnificent quality. Blue sapphires are available in different colors and shades of blues, ranging from lightest blue, medium dark blue to very dark blue. The most desired color of Sapphire is a cornflower blue color with a velvety shine, known as Kashmir sapphire or Cornflower blue sapphire.

Pink Sapphire

The Pink sapphire is one of the most beautiful and uncommon stones in the world, available in so many shades, ranging from light pink to hot pink and purplish pink. In addition to its beauty and rarity, Pink sapphires have a rich history as a sought-after gem by kings and religious leaders who believed it offered protection from evil and promoted improved health. Today, hot pink sapphires are high in demand.

Yellow Sapphire

The Yellow sapphires are locally known as ‘Pushparaga’. The term pushpa means flower; as raga is color and also means pollen, hence Pushparaga is the ‘color of pollen’. Yellow sapphires are deep, bright and fascinatingly beautiful stones, changing from pale yellow to saffron yellow and to a deep dark yellow.

Black Sapphire

The Black sapphire is a stone whose color is so dark that it appears to absorb all light that enters it. Sometimes, this stone also looks very dark blue or gray. When considering the black sapphire, you should keep in mind that it is considered a low-quality stone. The good thing about it is that it’s less costly than other sapphires.

Our team at The Kingsbury Colombo Hotel would be delighted to advise you on where you could see and purchase some of the best sapphires in Sri Lanka. Do get in touch upon arrival at the hotel for your stay.