Ancient Natural Blue Sapphire Mukkaru Bead

In the realm of Sri Lanka’s gemstone heritage lies a remarkable artifact from the past: the Ancient Natural Blue Sapphire Mukkaru Carving Bead. This rare gem hails from Galpaya, where the Mukkaru people thrived over 700 to 1000 years ago. Known for their mastery in gemstone craftsmanship, the Mukkaru were esteemed for their ability to polish even the hardest stones, like Sapphire with a Mohs hardness of 9, using traditional techniques involving Kabarondum dust. This expertise allowed them to create intricate carvings and drill beads for necklaces and jewelry.

This particular bead, weighing 1.31 carats and measuring 6.6 x 6.0 x 3.8 mm, showcases a mesmerizing cornflower blue hue with exceptional clarity (VVS). Its shape, a bead adorned with old carvings, speaks volumes about the Mukkaru’s artistry and attention to detail. Each carving reflects a piece of history, representing the Mukkaru’s dedication to their craft and their reverence for the beauty of natural gemstones.

Today, as we rediscover the mining sites where the Mukkaru once toiled, we uncover treasures that were once abandoned or undervalued. Stones like spinel and garnet, once overlooked, have now become highly prized. Similarly, this ancient blue sapphire bead stands as a testament to the Mukkaru’s legacy, offering a glimpse into their artistic prowess and the cultural significance of gemstones in ancient Sri Lanka.

The discovery of this Mukkaru bead, with its unique carving style of petal carvings pattern can be seen in ancient caves too, underscores its rarity and importance. Such finds not only enrich our understanding of Sri Lanka’s gemstone history but also highlight the enduring allure of natural blue sapphire. As we continue to explore these rich mining grounds, we anticipate uncovering more of these exceptional gems, each telling a story of craftsmanship and cultural heritage.

Comments: At CITY OF GEM, we are dedicated to preserving and showcasing these remarkable gems from Sri Lanka’s ancient past. Our collection reflects our commitment to quality and authenticity, ensuring each piece meets the highest standards before reaching our customers.

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