Lankarus Jewelry & Gems
The glory of the picturesque town of Ratnapura
with its population of about 50 thousand inhabitants, located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka, 101 km from Colombo
, extends far beyond the country. This place is known all over the world. Ratnapura, which, in the Sinhalese language, is the «city of gems», is the center for mining precious stones. This is the origin of the world's most famous sapphires — the «Star of India» (536 carats) and the «Blue Beauty» (400 carats), crowning the crown of the Queen of England.
In the land of Ratnapura, find extremely beautiful sapphires, rubies, topazes, garnets, amethysts, cat eyes, alexandrites
(found only here and in the Urals in Russia), aquamarines, tourmaline, spinel, as well as other precious and semiprecious stones.
Their prey and processing employs almost the entire population of the town. Tourists can see firsthand all the stages of this scrupulous work, and even descend into the mine. Later, right in front of the audience, the local artisan-cutters will turn nuggets into amazing ornaments.
Tourists are given a unique opportunity
to visit the operating mine and factory for processing precious stones. The state museum of Ratnapura has a collection of fossil elephants, rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses found in the mines of Ratnapura, as well as a collection of precious stones and jewelry. Here you can order and make any jewelry according to your sketch. It will be delivered to you to any hotel by Lankarus
The extraction is carried out in mines manually, with the help of simple adaptations. Nearby — the bank of the river, where the extracted soil is washed in special baskets. Direct selection is carried out by a separate specialist. Surprisingly, the stones are found quite often and stably. In a shallow mine (5 — 7 m) you can go down and see directly how the soil is removed and the walls are strengthened.
There is an opportunity to visit another, more serious mine. The depth of the vertical trunk is 30 meters, the horizontal shaft extends more than 40 meters. Descent down the wooden walls of the vertical trunk, with climbing insurance. Impressions from the descent into the mine remain unforgettable.
If you want to take a small piece of Sri Lanka with you
, sapphire will be the best choice
. The gem stone, which is second only to diamond in the fortress, also very beautiful. The greatest value is represented by blue sapphires. Sri Lankan blue sapphire
has a characteristic, pleasant light blue shade, less deep than sapphires from Burma and India. Correctly faceted sapphire
gives the effect of stars of three or six rays, hence the common name «star sapphire»
. When buying star sapphires in unfamiliar places, be careful and specify from sellers this sapphire or synthetic, because now there is a large number of synthetic star sapphires. It is better to buy in places where you will be given a certificate or an expert opinion. Such certificates always accompany the purchase of gems and jewelry in Lankarus
. And this is a guarantee of proven quality of every stone or jewelry with stones.
In addition to the blue sapphire, sapphires of yellow, pink, orange-red and green are produced in Sri Lanka.
Despite their beauty and attractiveness, their price is not high and they refer to semi-precious stones, jewelers are often called such sapphires Fancy.
A separate category is the sapphires of Padparaja (the type of the Lotus flower). This is a beautiful and rare sapphire, the price of which can be quite high. To distinguish this sapphire is easy enough, it simultaneously plays two colors, pink and orange. The price is higher than the stone is bigger, more shiny and juicier colored.
is indicator of female permanence, a symbol of virginity, love of truth and virtue, purity of conscience and repentance, friendship, help and disinterestedness. He was always considered a stone, giving fidelity, chastity and modesty. In Hebrew terms, sapphire
is a symbol of justice; The seal of the wise and just King Solomon was allegedly made of sapphire.
This natural sapphire is expensive, and as in the case of diamonds, the larger the size — the higher the price. For large crystals of first purity and weighing more than 1 carat, the price can reach $ 4000 per carat. But, as a rule, such gems are not sold in simple jewelry stores.
We advise you to refrain from buying sapphires in Ratnapura
. In this town there is a very large number of tourists, and in this regard, the prices for stones are greatly overstated. The situation is similar in Kandy. However paradoxical it may sound, but the more tourists and the more turnover — the higher the price.
Since 2013, Lankarus
offers its own stones and jewelry made of stones. Our company supplies stones directly from the mine, which significantly reduces their cost. We categorically object to mediation. During the time of independent work, we did not receive any complaints about the quality. At the same time, many of the tourists noted the consistently high quality of sapphires and more than attractive prices.
If you have rest in one of the hotels by Lankarus
, for example, Turtle Bay Boutique Hotel
or at The Islander Beach Villa
, we can arrange for you a personal demonstration of the gem stones and jewelry with gems from our collection. It is in our best interest to provide you with the best quality for a favorable price for you, so we strongly recommend that you take a look at the prices and quality of stones from our consultants before making a decision to buy a «gift for life». You will definitely like your personal price of jewelry by Lankarus
Regarding the supply of precious, semiprecious stones and jewelery containing gems to your country, please contact
To learn about the authenticity of gems and jewelry, as well as to check the certification and licensing documents for the sale of jewelry can be in the relevant state regulatory authorities: National Gem & Jewellery Authority.
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