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Manufacture of hand made jewelry in intricate designs is a craft that has been existent in different parts of the world for over a thousand years. This technology has been passed down from generation to generation and is preserved and practiced in its pristine form in many different countries, including Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has been renowned for its gem stones and gem studded jewelry since ancient times.
King Solomon and Queen Sheba sent many sailors to Sri Lanka in search of these natural treasures.
The gem stones of Sri Lanka have adorned the crowns and jewelry of royalty around the world for many centuries.
The wedding ring given to princess Diana by prince Charles was set with a large blue sapphire from Sri Lanka surrounded by diamonds.
A Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye of Sri Lankan origin, weighing 105 carats was purchased for the British Royalty from a reputed London Jeweler around 1900.This Cats eye was cherished by four British Monarchs-Edward VI, George V, Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II-due to its exceptionally fine quality.
The Great Aqua of Sri Lanka, with a weight of roughly 1,890 carats is the largest gem found in Sri Lanka. This aquamarine yielded a sparkling gem of 946 carats, which became part of Saudi Princeâ€™s royal collection.
The antiquity of the gem trade in Sri Lanka is clearly established by the fact that two technical terms used for two popular gem stones, Tourmaline and Padparascha are of Sri Lankan origin. Tourmaline is derived from the Sinhala and Tamil word “Toramalli’ and ‘Padparascha”is a Tamil word used to refer to a pinkish orange Sapphire found only in Sri Lanka. These terms were also used by the early Moor traders who were the descendants of Arab traders who settled in Sri Lanka in the eighth century AD.
Gemstones can be treated to enhance their color, hue, saturation, etc. Forms of treatment include heating, staining, filling, diffusion, oiling, bleaching and radiation. Heat treatment has been practiced for centuries. Sapphires can be heat treated to enhance their color. Some colorless diamonds become green when exposed to radiation. These color changes are not always permanent and the stones may become radioactive (if treated by radiation). Therefore the demand for treated gem stones has been declining rapidly and concurrently that of untreated natural gem stones is on the rise worldwide. Modern equipment is now available to detect any form of treatment
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