Ceylon is home to a galaxy of precious and semi-precious stones. The most famous Sri Lankan gem is sapphire, a gem-quality corundum mineral. From Sri Lanka, both unheated specimens and those subjected to heat treatment come to the market. The cost between unrefined and heated sapphires of similar quality can differ by 1.5-3 times. The main mining center is Ratnapura, this name means “city of gems”.
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