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Largest gemstone found in Ratnapura confirmed to be star sapphire cluster: Minister

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The gemstone weighing 510 kg unearthed in Ratnapura a few months ago, was confirmed to be a star sapphire cluster following tests conducted by the Gübelin Gem Lab in Switzerland, State Minister Lohan Ratwatte said today.

He told Parliament that the Gübelin Gem Lab in Switzerland confirmed yesterday (7) evening that it was a star sapphire cluster.

In his reply speech at the committee stage debate of the State Minister of Gem and Jewellery related Industries, the Minister said steps would be taken to auction it at the Christie's auctions and get the maximum return for it.

He also said seven story Mahinda Rajapaksa International Gem Tower which began construction in Ratnapura last year would be opened next year.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Curious Wednesday, 08 December 2021 08:49 PM

    Who is the current owner of it

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Wednesday, 08 December 2021 08:51 PM

    Sri Lanka is blessed to have worlds' largest gem to ward off all our foreign debts, purchase fuel, essentials and to swell our $ reserves.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 08 December 2021 09:26 PM

    A lot of negative people commented earlier that it was a fake stone.

    vince Wednesday, 08 December 2021 09:46 PM

    Is this Ratwatte the man who acted like a thug recently? Why has he not been sacked for gross misconduct? I suppose Pohottuwa need people like him and Gnanasara of course.

    jehan Thursday, 09 December 2021 09:48 AM

    bs as usual,


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