The Sri Lankan blue sapphire has been depicted in the latest issue of a stamp in Germany. The stamp depicting the Sri Lankan sapphire was launched on the occasion of the birthday of German President Christian Wulff.
Heike Faller, Director, Karl Faller Lapidaries, who was responsible for the design of the stamp, presented a copy of the Sri Lankan blue sapphire stamp to the National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka Chairman Prasad Galhena yesterday.
Karl Faller Lapidaries specifically selected the Sri Lankan sapphire for its unique colour, said Faller. A leading lapidary in Kirshweiler, Karl Faller provides lapidary service to several high-end jewellery houses in Europe, Middle East and the Americas.
The stamp was formally approved by the German President Christian Wulff and will be sold in post offices all over Germany and also available online.
Even today, the economic life in Kirshweiler, the ‘Village of the Gemstone Grinders,’ is characterised by gemstone grinders and goldsmith businesses. Defining landmarks in the municipality are the two gemstone fountains in the village centre and the crystal fountain at Hans-Becker-Halle.