SL’s biggest phenakite gemstone found from Balangoda
A very rare and valuable gemstone has been mined in Balangoda.
The National Gem and Jewellery Authoritys says this phenakite is the largest of its kind found in the country.
Weighing 616.9 carats, it is said to be worth around Rs. one billion.
Its present owner is a businessman from Beruwala.
Phenakite is a very rare silicate gemstone harder than quartz.