Ancient Natural Sapphire Mukkaru Beads

In the heart of Sri Lanka lies the Galpaya “Mukkaru” Deposit, where the ancient Mukkaru people once thrived, renowned for their expertise in gemstone craftsmanship. Among the treasures unearthed from this historic village is a remarkable find—an uncommon Natural Violet Sapphire Mukkaru Bead, weighing 6.33 Ct and measuring 11.8 x 9.7 x 6.6 mm.

Crafted with precision and adorned with six drilled holes, this bead stands out as a testament to Mukkaru’s mastery. The Mukkaru, an ancient race of gem specialists, migrated to Sri Lanka centuries ago during the reign of ancient kings. They utilized traditional polishing techniques with Kabarondum dust to transform the hardest stones, such as Sapphire with a Mohs hardness of 9, into exquisite jewelry pieces.

This particular bead’s unique feature of six holes suggests it may have served as a central piece in a necklace, connecting the pendant to the strand. This indicates not only its functional role but also its cultural significance, possibly worn by Mukkaru elites or as ceremonial jewelry.

Today, as we revisit the mining grounds of the Mukkaru people, we rediscover overlooked treasures—gems that were once undervalued are now highly prized. Spinel and garnet, once considered common, now command substantial value in the market, reflecting a renewed appreciation for historical gemstones.

Each piece from the Mukkaru deposit tells a story of ancient craftsmanship and cultural heritage, offering collectors and enthusiasts alike a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s rich gemstone history. Whether for historical intrigue or modern jewelry design, the Mukkaru beads continue to inspire awe and fascination, bridging the gap between ancient artistry and contemporary appreciation.

Explore the allure of the Mukkaru beads and experience the legacy of Sri Lanka’s gemstone industry firsthand. Contact us today to learn more about these exceptional pieces and how they can enrich your collection or designs.

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