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Alexandrite

Tsarstone collectors guide

Ceylon alexandrite

In the late 1800's, a rough cat's-eye of over 700 carats was discovered and in 1930, the stone was shaped into a 465 carat cabochon.

This cat's-eye, named "The Eye of the Lion" is the largest in the world and represents one of the greatest gemstone finds in the history of Sri Lanka.

Locality details
CountrySri Lanka
RegionWestern
ProvinceKalutara
LocalityHorana
Latitude6.7167
Longitude80.0600
Altitude298
Time zoneUTC+6DT
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Map of Horana Satellite of Horana

Alexandrite from Horana is never as vividly colored as those from the Ural Mountains in Russia. Some exceptionally large cymophane (cat's eye) as well as large alexandrite have been found, including some that produced gemstones exceeding 65 carats.


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