Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

Blue sapphire from Ratnapura region, Sri Lanka

Posted 08/31/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

Great gem-producing region with sapphires in all colours including ‚padparadscha’, but also alexandrite (colour-changing variety of chrysoberyl), zircon, and moonstone feldspar.  

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Ural mountains, Russia

Alexandrite from Ural Mts, Russia

Posted 08/26/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

Famous alexandrite, emerald, demantoid garnet gemstone mines near Yekaterinenburg. For more information on Malysheva emeralds see e.g. http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/malysheva-emeralds.htm

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