Sri Lanka is famous for its high quality gems, precious, as well as semi-precious stones. Taking back home one or more gems from Sri Lanka is a high value memory, either as a solitaire stone or set in a piece of jewellery. The Sri Lankan blue sapphires are known all over the world. Although already very much in demand, after the Duchess of Cambridge was given Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which was an oval 12 Ct blue Ceylon sapphire, in a setting of 14 solitaire diamonds, suddenly the blue Ceylon sapphire had become world famous. There are numerous gems & jewellery shops in Sri Lanka. Prepare yourself well before you buy and compare prices and quality with different shops. (for more information about gems, see the separate header about gems).