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    Legendary Ceylon - The Land of Sapphires and Unmatched Bounty

    The best of blue sapphires are the ones that came from the mountains of Kashmir. But now since that source has allegedly been dry for long, the best source for rich blue sapphires is Sri Lanka or Ceylon. The island nation of Sri Lanka has been long known as the land of jewels. In mythology, it is also known as Ratna-dweepa - a land so lush and rich with jewels of all kinds that its legends inspired many a dangerous expeditions to this Island Serendib.

    It features in the adventures of Sindbad the sailor, who in his sixth voyage finds himself at the island of Ceylon and it is described thus – Now the Island Sarandib lieth under the equinoctial line, its night and day both numbering twelve hours. It measureth eighty leagues long by a breadth of thirty and its width is bounded by a lofty mountain and a deep valley. The mountain is conspicuous from a distance of three days, and it containeth many kinds of, rubies and other minerals, and spice trees of all sorts. The surface is covered with emery, wherewith gems are cut and fashioned; diamonds are in its rivers and pearls are in its valleys.

    Sindabad

    Sindbad himself was from the city of Basra, close to the Persian Gulf, which was the ancient trading centre for the best of precious natural pearls! Richard Hughes in his seminal book ‘Ruby and Sapphire’ explains that the word serendipity, which means a sudden fortunate discovery or stumbling upon a treasure suddenly, is derived from the name of the island’s name Serendib – a place where the adventurers would stumble upon treasures every now and then!

    Even today, the soil of southern Sri Lanka is so rich with natural treasures that sometime all people have to do is to look in their backyards and have a serendipitous moment.  Fortunately or unfortunately, the main technique of gem exploration as well as mining in Sri Lanka is still the traditional methods – where gravel is run through water in troughs and baskets. The Ratnapura region was the first locality to mine sapphire on the island. Significant gem-mines throughout Sri Lanka are the Bibile, Elehara, Ratnapura, Metiyagoda, Morawaka, Nuwara Eliya and Pelmadulla sapphire mines.

     Gravel sorting for gems in Sri Lanka

    Gravel sorting for gems in Sri Lanka

    The Ceylon Blue sapphire stands distinctly apart from its sapphires from other sources – with a watery crystal clarity and rich medium toned blue.

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    Gemstone

    Natural Blue Sapphire

    Weight

    5.52 carats

    Treatment

    None. Fully Natural,

    Origin

    Sri Lanka

    Planetary Energy

    Saturn

    Patron Location

    Bangalore/India

    All inclusive Price

    $ 11572.56 / INR 6,48,080

    Comments

    The blue sapphire featured today is a heavyweight legend itself – a premium Ceylon cushion cut Blue sapphire of 5.42 carats set in sterling silver as a Saturn talisman ring. The gem is a piece of divinity with beauty of astounding proportions. At a fantastic jyotish weight, the gem has enviable clarity and a gorgeous color – And the gem is completely natural, unheated and treatment free! A superb gem for a powerful Saturn talisman.

    Natural blue sapphire or neelam is the gem of Lord Shani or Saturn and is used in planetary gem therapy to harness the transformative energies of this planet.

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