Shining Star

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Following the legacy of the famous De Beers diamonds and Tahitian pearls, is a test bed range of branded lquote Sriya Ceylon sapphires, as Sri Lanka stakes its claim in world gem markets.
Developed by a British designer and collectively sponsored by industry, this is Sri Lankas first attempt to brand its high quality and variety of sapphires.rn

rnThere are some 50 varieties of precious and semi-precious stones mined in Sri Lanka, with sapphires ranging in colours from white, to blue, green, violet, orange and yellow.rn

rnFound here and prized also above all is the lquote Padmaraga sapphire, with its colour a shade somewhere between orange and pink.rn

rnBut its premium quality has never been leveraged into a distinct brand identity, with exports fragmented into individual companies – until now. rn

rnA roadshow to roll out a specially designed range of branded Ceylon sapphire jewellery in London is on the cards for January next year.rn

rnldblquote This will be followed by a second leg r