Majority of our sapphires are from Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, the island of exotic gems has a colourful gem mining and trading history of at least 2500 years. Sapphires of unusually fine quality are found in Sri Lanka in a variety of stunning hues, including blue, pink, yellow, peach, orange and pinkish orange (padparadscha). To date, Ceylon sapphires are the most popular of all sapphires due to their vibrant hues and special brilliance.
We are pleased to be carrying one of the best selection of Ceylon sapphires to cater the modern market.
Sri Lanka is one of the only gem producing countries that has been producing sustainable quantities of gemstones with minimal environmental impact for over 2,000 years. To maintain the sustainability of gem production, mining in Sri Lanka is generally carried out in small scale using labour intense traditional mining practices than the use of machinery.
As one of the major income generating industries in the country, it is in everyones best interest to maintain sustainability of production. Due to legislative restriction to protect the income for locals, you do not come across larger international companies taking over mining areas for heavy mining.
Mining in Sri Lanka is in conducted in partnership of approximately ten parties including miners. All parties share the profits from the sale of gemstones.
Sri Lanka Gem Corporation oversights sustainability of mining and the Mines and Minerals Act of 1992 prohibits any person under the age of 18 from participating in gemstone mining.
WHERE WE ARE
Deliqa Gems is a registered business name in Australia. All stones are brought to Melbourne directly from Sri Lanka and shipped worldwide from Melbourne.
You can conveniently browse our collection online.
Shipping within Australia is flat rate AU$15.
International shipping via Australia Post varies between US$30-$40. Shipping via Fedex is approximately $90. Items over US$2,000 must be shipped via Fedex.