The glory of the picturesque town of Ratnapura
with its population of about 50 thousand inhabitants, located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka, 101 km from Colombo
, extends far beyond the country. This place is known all over the world. Ratnapura, which, in the Sinhalese language, is the «city of gems», is the center for mining precious stones. This is the origin of the world's most famous sapphires — the «Star of India» (536 carats) and the «Blue Beauty» (400 carats), crowning the crown of the Queen of England.
In the land of Ratnapura, find extremely beautiful sapphires, rubies, topazes, garnets, amethysts, cat eyes, alexandrites
(found only here and in the Urals in Russia), aquamarines, tourmaline, spinel, as well as other precious and semiprecious stones.