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Sinhalite Gemstone

If  you are looking for something a little different,  a gemstone that has real earthy colours that often looks like a crossbreed of Peridot and Smokey Quartz, a gemstone that’s highly pleochroic and  one that, as yet, I believe has not reached its full recognition in the gem world, then you might want to add Sinhalite to your collection.

The gem was first discovered in the Ratnapura District  of  Sri  Lanka  (previously  known  as Ceylon) and was at first thought to be an “off  colour Peridot”. In 1952 the gem was studied by two mineralogists, Claringbull and Hey, and found  to  be  a  new  mineral,  which  was  to  be named after the Sanskrit word for Ceylon. 

Sinhalite  is  an  incredibly  rare,  collector’s  gemstone and in addition to the small deposit  discovered  in  the  gravel  pits  of  Ratnapura,  a  handful of specimens have also been discovered  in New jersey, USA and in Tanzania. This is a  very rare gemstone and a must for all serious  collectors.

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