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.