Dating back to ancient times, Sri Lankan gemstones and pearls have been sort after by aristocracy and royalty from all over the world. Due to its longstanding reputation over thousands of years in its production of some of the finest examples of gemstone in the world, Sri Lankan gemstones have adorned many a historical royal figure. Rumours run wild when it comes to King Solomon using a Sri Lankan gemstone, procured by his emissaries, to woo the Queen of Sheba. However, the most well-known royal wearer of a Sri Lankan gemstone was Princess Diana, who wore an 18-carat Ceylon Blue Sapphire, surrounded by 16 brilliantly cut diamonds on her white gold engagement ring. This engagement ring can now be seen on the hand of Catherine (Kate) Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge.
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