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Ratnapura (Sinhalese: රත්නපුර) (“City of Gems" in Sinhala) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, as well as the Ratnapura District, and is a traditional center for the Sri Lankan gem trade. It is located on the Kalu Ganga (Black River) in south-central Sri Lanka, some 101 km (63 mi) southeast of the country's capital, Colombo. Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathnapura. Mining and trading of gems is an integral part of Sri Lanka's history and trade. Gemstones were major trade commodities for Sri Lankan kings and gemstones from Ratnapura have found their way to royalty and museums around the world for at least two thousand years. Since mechanized mining is prohibited, gem mining is still carried out using simple methods and many mines remain small scale.

Below video footages illustrate the environmental friendly primitive mining process in Sri Lanka. Compared to other countries, Sri Lankan gem mining is far more environmentally friendly. 

 

 

Gemstone mining in Ratnapura 

 

Below video footage shows our gem hut tours with our international wholesalers and jewelers buying directly from our trading office in Ratnapura. If you are a member of the trade (diamonds & colored stones) you are eligible to travel with us all the way to Ratnapura and purchase colored stones from other miners, cutters, brokers & wholesale manufacturers. You will be well advised on prices during purchasing and we shall not let you overpay for a single stone. Not even for a “Garnet”. Will make sure you purchase stones for the correct price so you can go back to your home country and sell it for a hefty profit [Terms & Conditions Apply]. 

Any stone can be returned within 30 x days if an international gem laboratory such as GIA, GRS & Gubelin identifies it as not being natural stones. For an example, if some sapphires are purchased as unheated sapphires and any of the above laboratory issue certificates saying the stones are heat treated, you can return the stones and get replacements or your money back. This is guaranteed!! 

Also, all stones on our website inventory are subject to prior sale as we are wholesaler exporters and manufacturers.

"Subject to prior sale" is a legal expression in the context of contract law for the sale of goods. It's a disclaimer. It indicates that the goods in the meantime may have been sold to a third party already.

Nevertheless, a similar quality or even a better gemstone can be located to fulfill your requirement.