Sinharaja-The Kingdom forest

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For centuries man and forest have lived in close relationship. the forest fulfilled most of man's needs.he collected resin'cane,timber,cardomom,cinnamon and bee's honey.he tapped the palms for treacle. the fallen
branch gave him firewood and mushrooms in season. the trees gave him fruits and flowers. the forest yielded the most valuable medicines-the barks, the herbs, and the flowers whose curative powers were well known. one such treasure trove is Sinharaja- our own tropical rain forest.legend tells us this vast forest was once the Kingdom of The Lion.hence the name "Sinharaja Adaviya" the forest of The Lion king.

Today this forest is about 9000 hectares in extent reaching from kalutota to adwelttota in the Rannapura distrct. the national heritage Act of 1988 proclaimed it a national heritage protected by the Ministry of lands.subaequentiy because of its  uniqueness it was in the world heritage list as the first natural  heritage of Sri Lanks.

Diamond Certificates

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A diamond certificate is also known as a Diamond Grading Report. This report comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and you should require this report when you are purchasing a diamond.
With a diamond certificate, you can verify the color, cut, carat, weight, and clarity of the diamond. You don’t have to worry about a diamond dealer telling you anything less than the truth, because the certificate comes
from the GIA – not the dealer. You may be required to pay for the certificate, but the cost is usually low, and in many cases, it will help you negotiate a better price on the diamond – or keep you from purchasing a lower quality diamond altogether.

If you buy a high quality diamond, and then later decide to sell the diamond, you will need to have the certificate, or you will have a hard time selling it to someone else. Furthermore, you can use the Diamond
Grading Report to look up the wholesale value of the diamond in question. Use the guide that is used by the diamond cutting industry.

With the Certificate, or Diamond Grading Report, there won’t be any doubts when you are trying to purchase a diamond. You can easily find out what the diamond is worth. This will prevent you from overpaying, and it can prevent a seller from under-charging as well.

A copy of the Diamond Grading Report should be given to your insurance company as well, when you insure the diamond. This provides absolute, unquestionable proof of the value of the diamond should it be stolen
in the future. Insurance companies cannot argue with the report. 

Famous Diamonds

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Among the most well known diamonds is the Hope.   This 45.52 carat steel blue diamond is currently on display at the Smithsonian.  The legends of the ill-fortune and curse bestowed on the possessor of the Hope
Diamond are many.  This diamond was donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. The Hope was originally a rather flat, blocky 110-carat rough.

The Dresden Green stands out among the natural colored diamonds. It is the largest green diamond in the world weighing 40.70 carats. This diamond is historic, large and has a natural green color with a slight blue overtone.  These facts make it virtually priceless.

The Conde Pink is a pear shaped and weighs 9.01-carats.  This pink diamond was once owned by Louis XIII.The Tiffany Yellow diamond a beautiful canary-yellow octahedron weighing 287.42 in the rough (metric) carats discovered in either 1877 or 1878 in South Africa.  The gem after cutting boasts the extraordinary
weight of 128.54 carats. And until recently, was the largest golden-yellow in the world.

The Koh-I-Noor  ( Mountain of Light )  is now among the British Crown Jewels.  This diamond weighs 105.60 carats.  First mentioned in 1304, it is believed to have been once set in Shah Jehan‘s famous peacock throne as one of the peacocks eyes. 

Bonded Diamonds

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Before you start shopping for diamonds, consider dealing with a bonded jeweler. Bonded jewelers sell bonded diamonds, and there are very few bonded jewelers in the world. In fact, out of all of the jeweler’s
in the world, only about 5% of them are bonded. Buying a bonded diamond will cost more than buying a non-bonded diamond, but when you look at what you get with the bonded option, you will see that it is well worth the extra expense.

First, bonded diamonds have a buy back policy for the life of the diamond. No matter how long you have had the diamond, you can take it back to the bonded jeweler and sell it back to him or her, for a 100% refund. If a jeweler does not offer a 100% buy back guarantee, for the life of the diamond, then you should take a closer look at the diamond to see what is wrong with it.

Bonded diamonds also have a breakage policy. If the stone breaks or chips, the bonded jeweler will replace it with a new one – one time. No jeweler would ever offer such a policy on any stone that was not 100%
natural, so just the offer of such a policy should give you piece of mind concerning the quality of the diamond. Bonded diamonds are natural and untreated. 

Buying Diamonds Online

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With all of the potential for scams concerning diamonds, buying diamonds online almost seems unthinkable! However, you actually can purchase diamonds online, without any problems – as long as you are careful.
First, think about your reasons for wanting to purchase the diamond online, as opposed to making a purchase from a local jewelry store. The most common reason is price. Due to low overhead costs, online jewelers and wholesalers are able to offer lower prices. However, you must be careful – sometimes a price that is too low is a sure indication of a scam.

One of the best things about purchasing online is the unlimited selection. When shopping offline, you are limited to the selection in the stores in your general area. Online, there are no limits. But again, you must use a great deal of care and consideration before handing your money over to someone that you cannot see and
have never met!

Before shopping, learn as much as you can about diamonds – especially cut, color, clarity and carat weights. When you are knowledgeable about diamonds, it will be harder for a con artist to rip you off. Once you know more about diamonds, you will be ready to start shopping.