There is a high demand for Sri Lankan gems in the world. An exceptionally large gem stone belonging to the rare naturally radioactive Ekanite gem variety, has been found from the Welimada area. The newly discovered stone is over three times as large as the stone previously recorded as the largest Ekanite gem.
Information about this rare gemstone was revealed to the media in the Ratnapura area by a gemstone trader who had purchased it. The gemstone had been recovered from a granite quarry in the Welimada area. The founder had polished it after it was cut into seven separate pieces. It weighs more than 498 karats. The weight of the world’s largest polished Ekanite gem is said to be 168 karats. This gem too has been recovered from the Eheliyagoda area. It was in the year 1985.
The extremely rare Ekanite gem has so far been found in Russia, the United States, Canada and Sri Lanka. The fact that Ekanite gems are radioactive however, means that they cannot be subject to human use and must be stored in a safe and suitable place.