Sri Lanka, famed to being the isle of Gems has many gems and jewellery available in retail shops in Kandy. Visit the gem shops and be amazed by the collection of beautiful gemstones that have been cut and polished from the rough stones to the beautiful eyes that would glisten from a distance. See the Royal blue sapphire that paved the way for Sri Lanka’s gem industry, after a sapphire was presented to the Queen of England in 1981. This stone eventually became a part of the engagement ring that Prince Charles had used when he proposed to Lady Diana Spencer.
Popular gems found in Sri Lanka and in Kandy are Sapphires, Star Sapphires, Cat’s Eyes, Rubies, Star Rubies, Alexandrite and many other semi-precious stones. Apart from the blue sapphires, the pink and yellow sapphires are also popular.
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