In the realm of gemstones, history is often as captivating as the stones themselves. Today, we delve into the story of an ancient treasure – the Natural White Sapphire Mukkaru Bead. This remarkable piece hails from a place where the Mukkaru people once thrived in Sri Lanka, adding another layer to the rich tapestry of the gem industry’s history.
The Mukkaru people, an ancient race from distant lands, embarked on a journey to Sri Lanka during the era of ancient kings. Their expertise? Gems – they were true specialists in the field. They settled in Sri Lanka with a singular purpose: mining and trading precious gemstones. Among their remarkable feats was the polishing of the hardest stones, such as Sapphire (with a remarkable Mohs hardness of 9), using traditional techniques involving Kabarondum dust.
The Mukkaru Bead:
Our spotlight today falls on a stunning artifact – the Natural White Sapphire Mukkaru Bead. Weighing in at 17.80 carats and measuring 16.2 x 13.5 x 9.1 mm, this bead is a true testament to the mastery of the Mukkaru people. Its colorless hue hides the centuries it has witnessed, while its clarity reveals its inclusion, giving it character and history.
A Glimpse into the Past:
The bead’s origin, the Galpaya “Mukkaru” Deposit Mining site in Sri Lanka, is a place steeped in history. It’s where the Mukkaru people once called home, some 700-1000 years ago. The gemstones that emerged from these mines became the heart of the gem industry’s early days.
Today, we find ourselves re-mining these ancient grounds, unearthing treasures left behind by the Mukkaru people and those that were overlooked in the past. Among these, the White Sapphire stands tall. In its time, spinel and garnet were considered low-value stones. Today, their worth has skyrocketed, a testament to their enduring beauty.
The Legacy Lives On:
The Mukkaru Bead, with its ancient lineage, represents a link to a time long past. It carries within it the essence of a civilization dedicated to the pursuit of exquisite gemstones. This particular bead, the third-largest in our collection, is a glimpse into their ancient technology and craftsmanship.
As we admire the Natural White Sapphire Mukkaru Bead, we honor the legacy of the Mukkaru people and the enduring allure of gemstones. Their story, etched in time, continues to inspire and captivate all who delve into the history of the gem industry. The adventure of rediscovering their treasures is a journey we cherish, as we continue to uncover the riches they left behind