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Tsarstone collectors guide

Ceylon alexandrite

High-quality alexandrite has been difficult to find in the Ratnapura district, where mining has taken place for thousands of years.

Production is limited, as many of the mines are becoming depleted.

Locality details
CountrySri Lanka
Time zoneUTC+6DT
Locality maps
Map of Balangoda Satellite of Balangoda

Alexandrite was discovered as rolled pebbles in the gem gravels of Sri Lanka and by the early twentieth century, it was the main source for all three varieties of chrysoberyl: alexandrite, cymophane (cat's eye) and ordinary chrysoberyl. New chrysoberyl occurrence hosted by a pegmatite was discovered in 2004 at Kaltota near Balangoda in South Central Sri Lanka. The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) and the Earth Resources Engineering Department (ERED) made the discovery during a joint study on the proposed National Geo-Park at Balangoda in 2006.

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Bibliographic details
Page title Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda
Author David Weinberg
Website title Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide
Date published 03 July 2010 05:13 UTC
Date accessed 22 February 2018 12:53 UTC
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AMA style
David Weinberg. "Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda". In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. July 03, 2010, 05:13 UTC. Available at: Accessed February 22, 2018.
APA style
"Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda". (2010, July 03). In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. Retrieved 12:53, February 22, 2018, from
Bluebook style
"Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda", (last visited February 22, 2018).
Bluebook: Harvard JOLT style
See Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide, "Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda", (Information about Ceylon alexandrite findings and mining in Balangoda, Sri Lanka.) (as of Feb. 22, 2018, 12:53 GMT).
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David Weinberg. "Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda". In Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. 2010 Jul 03, 05:13 UTC.[Internet], Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide; 2010 Jul 03, 05:13 UTC [cited 2018 Feb 22]. Available from:
Chicago style
David Weinberg, "Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda",, (accessed February 22, 2018).
MLA style
"Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda". Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide. 03 Jul 2010, 05:13 UTC. 22 Feb 2018
MHRA style
David Weinberg, "Ceylon alexandrite, Balangoda", Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide, 03 July 2010, 05:13 UTC, [accessed 22 February 2018].
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