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Ceylon Sapphire

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Ceylon Sapphire

Going to Sri Lanka in April and heard that the Ceylon Sapphire was the best and this was the cheapest place to buy it. What sort of prices would you expect to pay. Looking for a nice gold bracelet.

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1. Re: Ceylon Sapphire

Hi there,

Definitely not a gem expert, just some tips:

* Mining area is near Ratnapura, here you find a lot of choice. Though all big cities (Kandy, Colombo, Galle) have lots of choice.

* NEVER seal a deal permanently without first having the jeweller accompany you to the Lanka Gem Board, WTC, Colombo. They do a free valuation. There's genuine quality to be found at surprisingly good close-to-source prices but also tons of scammers, in the shops but also in the production chain. The Gem board makes sure you get what you pay for.

(The stones that is, the accompanying gold is easier to test.)

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Some background info, maybe useful...

arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article250751.ece

Regards,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Hi Springwater

If you do decide on a stone, please follow Eriks advice as that is the ONLY way to ensure you are getting the real thing.

The stones, of course vary greatly in quality, clarity, carat weight and colour. The rich mid blue colour (like a cornflower) is the most prized and is really expensive, particularly if it is a clear stone. However, you can get other very pretty stones which vary from yellow, white, green, lavender and all sorts. It really depends on what colour you prefer as to what you choose (and of course your pocket). Each of the colours also vary in depth and intensity. For example, some of the gold ones are pale yellowish and they can also be quite rich yellow., almost like topaz.

I bought a lovely pale blue/lavendar stone some years ago and had it set by my favourite jeweller in Bangkok who did a beautiful job. I don't know anything about having stones set in S.L., but perhaps others can advise you, but be as you know, the price of gold is very high at the moment, so it won't be cheap.

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Is there any other option to verifying genuine stones and jewellery. If you like the look of something in Galle or Kandy how do you then get it to Colombo to get it checked? How does that work.

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5. Re: Ceylon Sapphire

As written in reply, do a provisional purchase without paying anything. On the final days of your trip or whatever other convenient time, "have the jeweller accompany you to the Lanka Gem Board, WTC, Colombo. " which means he comes there with his sapphire under his care and meets you there. After all, you'd be in that region before your departure anyhow as that is close to airport.

When valuation okay, seal the deal immediately - supposedly he brings his credit card imprinter with him...

All the best again,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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hi I will be in srilanka for a few days & wanted to know whcih gem I can pick up for which I would not be tricked - earrings & rings. thanks. where can I get a cheap & good buy.

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7. Re: Ceylon Sapphire

No guarantee at all, even with reputed jewellers, without going through the process outlined above. Sorry. Truth in Lanka is always fluid and with gem sales it's even far more fluid...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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8. Re: Ceylon Sapphire

Hi animajain

Please follow Erik's advice as it's the only way you can be assured of the authenticity of what you are buying. The price of gold is set worldwide, so the cost differences from country to country depend on, 1. the cost of local labour and 2. the cost and quality of the stones.

If you just want some trinkets as mementos, you possibly can't go far wrong with moonstones which are plentiful and inexpensive in S.L., but if you're looking at saphires or rubies, for example, the colour and quality variety can be daunting., so you'd perhaps be best to do some research before you go.

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10. Re: Ceylon Sapphire

Yes, but the certificates not rarely are fake too, AND/OR linked to a different gem than what you are actually being given!!! So back to square one: check in Colombo (or Ratnapura) with the actual sapphire or other gem before paying a rupee...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]