Gem hunters travel around places in search of discovering new astonishing facts about gemstones. This time our hunters visited Sri Lanka; the abode of Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst and many other gems. From the centuries the gemstone treasure of Sri Lanka is widely respected. The most sought after gems are Sapphires and Ruby. Precambrian sedimentary rocks have deposits of them.
Sapphire is a coveted gem. The sapphires mined in Sri Lanka are known for the unique color, transparency and luster. Ceylon blue Sapphire is the pride of Sri Lanka, hence was declared national gem of Sri Lanka in 2003. Sapphires contribute about ten percent of total gemstone mining in Sri Lanka. They are found in five dazzling hues; is the most popular of all. The charm of sparkling profound blue Sapphire has ruled the heart of millions for years. Royals have celebrated their relation with Ceylon Sapphire, whether it is a blue Sapphire bead brooch gifted from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding or an engagement ring still witnessed on the ring finger of the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine.
The country also has some fantastic Rubies. They are mined in Mogok region. The businessman and philanthropist Peter Buck donated a platinum ring studded with diamond and 23.1 carats Burma Ruby in remembrance of his late wife Carmen Lúcia to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. This is one of the largest rubies in the world.
Very little is said about the Rubies from Myanmar I will try to grab more information on it and will share with my lovely readers in upcoming blogs.