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As one of the oldest civilizations in existence, you'd expect that India would have a deep and complex relationship with gemstones—and you'd be right!

India's love affair with gemstones goes back centuries when ancient mystics hunted gemstones in the rivers and passes of India to use in ritual ceremonies. They were believed to bring peace, healing, and protection to those who wore them.

Indian Gemstones Original Locations

A large and geographically varied country, India has many places where gemstones can be found. Three of our favorite hotspots for gemstones in India include:

Tamil Nadu

Several gems are found in the state of Tamil Nadu, the most notable being Cat's Eye, Ruby, Alexandrite, Emerald, Aquamarine, and Sapphire—all stalwarts of India's gemstone trade.


Pinkish-red Ruby and yellow-green Alexandrite from India are found in the state of Chhattisgarh. Other gemstones mined here include Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Amethyst, Yellow Beryl, and Garnet. Kerala

This is where India's finest Cat's Eye and Alexandrite specimens are produced, alongside Aquamarine, Topaz, Ruby, and Sapphire.

Andhra Pradesh

For die-hard fans of Indian Ruby and Opal, the place to go is Andhra Pradesh.

Not looking to spend a fortune? Not to worry! Andhra Pradesh also has a rich supply of Tiger's Eye, Spinel, and other beautiful, budget-friendly gems.

Complete List of Indian Gemstones

FAQs on Indian Gemstones

  • India is home to a bevy of gemstones, including Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Alexandrite, Aquamarine, Topaz, Cat's Eye, and more!

  • You're probably thinking of the Star of India Sapphire—weighing in at 563.35 carats, this grey-blue gemstone is the largest blue Star Sapphire in the world.Despite its name, this gemstone was mined in Sri Lanka.

  • India is known for its high-quality Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, and Alexandrite.

  • There are a lot of contenders for this title, but if you're looking to invest in a gemstone, we'd recommend Alexandrite.

  • Believed to bring peace, healing, and protection to those who wore them, ancient Indians wore gemstones in ritual ceremonies. Many still wear them today as a way to attract abundance and bring good luck into their lives.

  • Emeralds from India are prized for the medium- to dark-green hues that catch the eye. Indian Emeralds are known for their superior clarity and quality, making them a popular choice among connoisseurs.

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