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Buying a gemstone

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Buying a gemstone

I am interested in buying a lovely gemstone and have read that there is an area in Galle (Colombo Road) where it is possible to buy a genuine sapphire. Where abouts is this area and how much should i expect to pay for an average size stone?

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1. Re: Buying a gemstone


Make sure when you buy from sri lanka it has to be a sri lankan saphire,there is meny stones come from madagascar

one of the good place to buy ,contact e-mail lankamenik@gmail.com


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2. Re: Buying a gemstone

Hi Rosamund.

There's plenty of info regarding buying gems , if you do a search on that subject.

In case you don't find it,

In Colombo, the government set up the Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Exchange.

Any tourist can buy gems and jewellery,from anywhere in Sri Lanka, take them in the Gem and Jewellery exchange and have them evaluated and guaranteed.

They'll issue you with a certificate of authnticity.

All as a free service.

The address is,

Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Exchange,

Level 4 & 5 East Low Block,

World Trade Centre,

Echelon Square,


In the sajme building, on the same floor there are many top jewellers you can buy from ..such as,

Aruna Gems.

Belle Etoile,


Kalana Gems and Jewellery,

Nemlanka Gems,,,,, Plus several more.

Don't buy from a jeweller unless he agrees to accompany you to the Gem and Jewellery Exchange to have the gems authenticated.


Bargain hard... Where there are lots of jeweller close together, such as inn the world trade centre, play them off against each other.


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3. Re: Buying a gemstone

Thank you very much for the information and taking the time to reply so prompltly. We are in Colombo for 2 days and this is an ideal opportunity. I am also on the lookout for beads mead of moonstones etc also pearls which can be strung into necklaces so I assume that this place is good for those too. Trip Adviser is the most brilliant invention ever-no question goes unanswered!!

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4. Re: Buying a gemstone

Hi Rosamund

You have to decide what colour sapphire you want. Teh most famous Ceylon sapphire (and the most expensive) is a cornflower blue colour. It should be an all over colour withour variations within the stone (like a paler bit looking like a "hole" somewhere in the stone).

Having said that, you can also get gold sapphires which are very beautiful, partis which are multi coloured and other varied colours. Just choose what you fancy

Have fun and enjoy.


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