Meetiyagoda in the hinterland of Hikkaduwa is the world’s primary source of blue moonstones, after the moonstone veins in Myanmar are always depleted. Blue moonstones are very rare in Indian mines.
There is a visitors center at the main road of Meetiyagoda. Guides will welcome arriving guests at the car park and first show you the deep shaft of the mine, before showing you the cutting process and the exhibition rooms.
The moonstone is the most valuable member of the feldspar family. Due to alternating layers, light is scaterred into various directions. This phenomenon is called adularescence. The term moonstone was originally coined by the ancient Greeks who believed the shining stone is the maifestation of ethereal light.
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