Sri Lanka: A Rich Blend of Old and New on the "Island of Jewels"
October 1, 2014
In February 2014, GIA field gemmologist Andrew Lucas and video producer Pedro Padua travelled to Sri Lanka for two weeks with an ambitious goal: to document the country’s entire gem and jewellery industry, from mud-drenched mines to glittering retail stores. This was a true mine-to-market expedition covering all aspects of the industry, including:
- Coloured gemstone mining, cutting and treatment
- Coloured gemstone wholesale trading
- Jewellery design and manufacturing
- Retail and pawn
This expedition was made possible by tremendous support from the Sri Lankan industry, whose members provided logistical support, background information and trade experience. They opened the doors to the island and its industry, lending decades of knowledge to provide a complete picture of the local gem and jewellery trade.
Lucas and Padua teamed up with GIA’s Dr Tao Hsu and a pair of Sri Lankan industry leaders to produce two field reports and a G&G article based on what they found.
About the Author
Amanda J. Luke is a senior communications manager at GIA. She is the editor of the GIA Insider and Alum Connect and was the editor of The Loupe magazine.