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Premium quality precious stones, exceptional designs and unique pieces were featured at the FACETS Gem and Jewellery fair when the 25th anniversary edition was held from 3rd to 6th in September. The exposition was concluded successfully, with a promise to return with even more glitter and glamour next year, said organizers.

As Sri Lanka has set a target of US$ billion in gem exports, its gem export values have surged 135% over the last five years, said the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen. The Minister revealed that the total gem exports that stood at US$70 Million in 2010 have increased by 135% to US4 165 million by last year. Jewellery exports in the same period have increased by 31%.

Here are some of the pictures captured at the opening ceremony attended by few Members of Parliament.

Pics by Chandana Wijesinghe

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