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 also a practiced hand. The traditional gem polishing machine, seen in the image, is an integral part of this heritage. Its use demands a combination of knowledge, experience, and skill to bring out the unique optical phenomena in star stones and cat’s eye gems.

Cutting these stones is far from easy. It involves understanding the intricate properties of each gem. Star stones, for example, exhibit asterism – a star-like effect that appears on the surface of the stone when it is cut en cabochon. Similarly, cat’s eye stones display chatoyancy, a phenomenon where a narrow band of light appears to move across the surface of the stone, reminiscent of a cat’s eye. Achieving these effects requires a meticulous approach to cutting and polishing, ensuring that the light interacts with the stone in precisely the right way.

The craftsman in the image is a testament to the dedication and expertise required for this work. With years of practice, these artisans develop an intimate understanding of the stones they work with. They know how to handle each piece, how to read its natural lines and inclusions, and how to cut it to maximize its beauty and value. This level of craftsmanship is rare and precious, much like the stones themselves.

At “City of Gem,” we are proud to uphold this tradition. We employ expert cutters who specialize in cabochon cuts, star stones, and cat’s eye stones. These artisans are not just gem cutters; they are keepers of a legacy, ensuring that the traditional Sri Lankan methods of gem cutting remain alive and well. Their work is not only a job but a passion, reflected in the exceptional quality of the gems they produce.

Our commitment to quality means that each stone is handled with the utmost care and precision. Whether it’s a star sapphire or a cat’s eye chrysoberyl, our expert cutters bring out the best in each gem, highlighting its unique properties and enhancing its natural beauty. This dedication to excellence ensures that when you purchase a gem from us, you are getting a piece of Sri Lankan heritage, crafted with skill and love.

We invite you to experience this timeless tradition firsthand. Whether you are a gemstone enthusiast, a collector, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, there is something truly special about witnessing the creation of these beautiful stones. Visit us at “City of Gem” and see for yourself the artistry and dedication that goes into every piece.

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