Category Archives: Sri Lanka Gemstones

Responsibilities of the Customs Appraising Office-Deputy Director (Gem)

By Dilip Kumaratilake MSc ,FGA-Deputy director (Gem),Sri Lanka Customs Department. This article is reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. Responsibilities of the Customs Appraising Office. This includes the adminstration of customs law and the collection of duties,taxes, levies and other charges at importation,exportation, movement and storage of “precious cargo” {among […]

Facilities Offered by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority

In order to simplify the export procedure the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA)has introduced a new scheme ,and all functions connected with exports are centralized at the NGJA Colombo office.The NGJA levies a 0.70% services fee on exports. Income earned through Gem Exports and and local sales on foreign currency are exempted from income […]

Chairman’s Message- Gem Talk

This article is reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.Gem Talk Jan-Mar 2009 The Gem,Diamond and Jewellery sector has recorded an overall growth of 18.76% during the first 11 months of 2008 earnig a revenue of USD 501.3 million in comparism with the corresponding figure of USD 422.1 million in 2007, […]

Gem Talk Vol 10- Editorial

This article was reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. The outlook for 2009 is tempered by a high level of uncertanity over the world market conditions. The economic conditions in the US could continue to impact consumer sales in gems,diamonds and jewellery. Nevertheless strong demand from China, India, Russia and […]

Sri Lanka’s Gems Linked to Ornament Industry

By Sepali Mayadunne. Valuable pieces of gems were found among the tools that early humans used around the time of the Balangoda Civilization , which is considered to be over 30,000 years old. The people of that era cherished these stones perhaps because of their beauty and used them for making necklaces and bangles for […]

Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

Origin of name

Rosser Reeves Star Ruby gets its name from its one time owner Rosser Reeves, the advertising magnate and pioneer of television advertising, whose techniques were very popular in the 50s and 60s, and gave a successful boost to the election campaign…

Star of India

Star of India/Star of Sri Lanka Origin of Name The 563-carat “Star of India” is the world’s second largest and most famous blue star sapphire, and is presently owned by the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, where it is exhibited in the J. P. Morgan Hall of Gems. The rough stone was […]

History of the Gem Trade in Sri Lanka

History of the gem trade in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has had an immense reputation from time immemorial for different varieties of gemstones. According to legend King Solomon wooed Queen Sheba, by presenting her with jewelry set with gemstones from Sri Lanka. Almost three…