Sri Lanka, a uniquely placed
Island also known as the Pearl of the Indian
Ocean .. Though famous for its Blue Sapphires
with a History spanning over 2500 Years.
Historical findings suggest Gem stones were
in use from the era of the "Balangoda Man"
even though it may have not been to dress ]
itself and shimmer amid a crowd of celebrities.
Gem minerals are mined from eluvial, alluvial and residual
formations the best known Gem producing area in Sri Lanka is
the Ratnapura District of the Sabaragamuwa province,
where Gem deposits are extensively found in
Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla, Kuruwita, Balangoda, Rakwana and Kalawana
areas rained by the Kalu Ganga (Kalu River) spanning approximately 4500 sqkm
The other key areas of Gem mining in Sri Lanka include; Elahera, Meetiyagoda
etc.. which will also be covered in the exploration tours arranged by
YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL (PRIVATE) LIMITED giving you a firsthand experience of
how everything is produced by getting down and dirty.
Gem stones are minded in 03 main methods,
- Pit-head and tunneling
- River dredging
- Surface placer mining
The Gem stone Faceting industry and a few more value adding industries too should
be taken into consideration as a unique industry in Sri Lanka, moving hand in hand with
the mining industry the Gem stones go through a vigorous process until you receive it into your hand.
- Faceting and Polishing
- Gem stone cutting
- Precision cutting
Sri Lanka is famous for various Gem stones, the Blue Sapphire being the main attraction
or the main money maker, Sri Lanka also supplies the following Gem stones to the International market place.
Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Spinel, Cats Eye, Padmaraga, Alexandrite, Tsavorite, Tourmaline,
Quartz etc.. and many more semi-precious stone.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY, a sister company of YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL, founded and managed by Mrs Yashika Wijenayake
was the official travel partner for the "International Colored Gemstone Association 16th Congress" also known as "ICA"
from 16th - 19th May 2015 at the Cinnamon Grand followed by a Gem Mine tour from 10th - 26th of May 2015 for the delegates.
From ROUGH to POLISH, to your HAND ... YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL will provide you with the best possible option, with the best price tag.