Lankan gems for Russian market
Sri Lankan gems
Chief Deputy Director of the Russian Finance Ministry Andre N.
Katepow seeked information from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority
on purchasing a stock of quality certified blue sapphires and rubies
from Sri Lanka.
The NGJA made a major effort to obtain orders from several countries
including Russia, China and the Middle East in the wake of the decline
in local gem exports during the first half of 2009 due to the worldwide
The request for gems from Russia follows invitations extended to the
above countries to participate in the Facets 2009 international gem and
jewellery exhibition to be held on a grand scale at the BMICH in
September this year, according to National Gem and Jewellery Authority
Chairman and CEO Hasitha Tillekeratne. The order from Russia is for
stones numbering between 500 to 700 in all varieties of blue sapphires
and rubies. Hasitha Tillekeratne further said that placing the orders
with local gem dealers and arrangements for purchasing the stones
through Russian companies will be done once the procedures of purchasing
them are finalized.
The NGJA Chief is confident that the Authority will do its maximum to
encourage local gem industrialists to continually participate in gem and
jewellery exhibitions in various countries so that it would pave the way
for receiving more such orders leading to an increasing demand for Sri
Lankan gemstones in the world market.