Shopping Gems

Sri Lanka has been known as a gem country because the gem mining industry in Sri Lanka is as old as civilization itself and therefore, Sri Lanka is equal in status to other gem producing countries like Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Myanmar. As for Sri Lankans, gems are more than mere ornamental material to adorn gold jewelry. Sri Lankans treat gems as an item of mystique and therefore, there are many mythical beliefs, legends, superstition and the occult associated with them.

It is known the world over that Sri Lankan gems are of high quality. However gems can be bought at low prices compared with Europe and the US. Therefore, most tourists come to Sri Lanka to purchase gems. Rough uncut stones can be bought in Sri Lanka for about half the price of those found in the UK. The demand for Sri Lankan gems has produced cheats and crooked salesmen that can dupe any gullible tourist with fake stones. The Government of Sri Lanka has taken strict measures to curb such nefarious activities and has set-up test centers where you can get your gems tested and valued for free.These test centers are run by the National Gem and Jewelry Authority which is the Authority to provide licenses to genuine gem dealers.

Herbal Spices in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is well known for the variety and quality of spices it provides. From Ceylon Cinnamon to cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and various others, the spice exports of Sri Lanka are at an all-time high.

All spices exported from Sri Lanka are tropical aromatics, the most prevalent being pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, and cardamom.

Spices and herbs have been in use for centuries both for culinary and medicinal purposes. Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases.


The best of gold jewellery of exquisite and intricate designs of 22 carat, 18 carat, etc. can be purchased in Sri Lanka at prices that are lower than those found in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere.

The gold used in the manufacture of jewellery is pure and is of high quality which you can verify through electronic testing apparatus available at the jewellery shops.

The National Gem & Jewellery Authority was incorporated in 1971by an Act of Parliament as the Regulatory Body of the Gem & Jewellery Industry in Sri Lanka and the gem & Jewellery exchange functions as a One Stop Export Trade Centre to facilitate the entire trade.

Porcelain Products

Ceramic and Porcelain products of Sri Lanka carry a high standard of quality especially because the best of raw material such as high quality Quartz, Feldspar, Dolomite and China clay are available in abundance in Sri Lanka. What makes Sri Lankan porcelain products comparatively superior is the high level of whiteness, translucency, high temperature tolerance and scratch-resistant surface. These are the qualities that have contributed to Sri Lankan porcelain and ceramic products reaching Macy’s, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn in the USA, El Corte Ingles in Spain, Debenhams and House of Frazer in the UK.

A wide range of porcelain tableware, ornamental figurines and utility ware, decorative shapes and designs, kitchen utensils, pottery of various designs, bathroom accessories, etc. are now being exported in large quantities to Europe and the Americas.

Having discovered the vast potential and facilities available, the world-famous Noritake Japanese Company established their industry in Sri Lanka in 1972 which provided Sri Lanka with larger export markets not only for Noritake brands, but also for Dankotuwa, Elan Royal Fernwood and other ceramic products that had built up a reputation of their own.

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