The Timeless Art of Cabochon Gem Cutting: Sri Lankan Style

In the heart of Sri Lanka, an ancient tradition of gem cutting continues to thrive, passing down from generation to generation. This image captures the essence of that enduring tradition, featuring an old Sri Lankan craftsman meticulously cutting and polishing cabochon gems using a traditional, hand-operated gem polishing machine. Sri Lanka, known as the "City of Gems," boasts a rich heritage in gemstone craftsmanship. Among the most cherished skills is the cutting of star stones and cat's eye gems, which requires not only a deep understanding of the stones but al