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Gem testing facility at WTC

The Gem Testing and Certification Laboratory at the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Exchange was opened at the World Trade Centre.


National Gem and Jewellery Authority Chairman and CEO
Gen. Rohan De S.Daluwatte inspecting a jewel through an
instrument after the opening of the Gem Testing Facility

This will provide many services including free gem testing services for foreigners for the first time in Sri Lanka. Gem testing, memo specifying the variety of the gemstone, detailed certificate and information are services provided by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.

The gem and jewellery sector plays a vital role in Sri Lanka’s economy, contributing immensely in earning foreign exchange and providing employment opportunities.

The industry’s potential for value addition, profitability and employment generation is high but remains untapped to a large extent. In gemstones, Sri Lanka retains a world market position as a producer of fine quality gems. Sri Lanka has some of the greatest varieties of gems in the world. Despite its relatively small size, it is easy to imagine the density of gems found in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka exported diamonds and jewellery to the value of $ 335 m and $ 70 m of gems. Gem and jewellery contributes 5 percent to total exports, the gem and jewellery industry’s contribution, to the economy.

- HG

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