Internet Stones.COM Media established by Dr Shihaan Larif is the most authoritative and popular website in the field of Famous Diamonds, Gemstones, Pearls and Rare Minerals. It has been quoted, referenced and linked by Forbes, Bloomberg, Guardian (UK), Rediff, The Star (Canada),JCK etc.
An IT organization dedicated to the development of the gem and jewelry industry worldwide
Internetstones.com is a Media organization based in Sri Lanka dedicated to the development of the Gem and Jewelry Industry worldwide, by providing credible information on all aspects of the trade, which encompasses several scientific disciplines such as geology, mineralogy and gemology, other economic activities associated with the industry, such as prospecting and mining, designing and manufacturing, marketing etc. The historical aspects of the trade are also dealt with in detail, laying particular emphasis on the diamond and gemstone industry. Sri Lanka was the hub of the international gem and jewelry trade, since ancient times, dating back to the time of King Solomon, who is reported to have sent his sailors to the island nation, to get supplies of gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, and pearls and also other valuable products such as ivory. An informative article on the History of the Gemstone Trade in Sri Lanka from time immemorial is included, besides several other interesting and informative articles relevant to the gem and jewelry industry of Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka has set up the National Gem and Jewelry Authority, whose main objective is to provide the necessary incentives to the industry, in order to stimulate all its sectors, and thus regain the prestigious position the country once held as the hub of the international gem and jewelry trade.
Our website has been well received by our visitors, who spend a lot of time on our site reading our interesting articles. Our traffic has touched around 10,000,000 hits or over 1 000,000 unique visitors per annum making about 1.3 million pageviews per annum, mainly from United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, Germany, France and other European countries, and Japan. The United States alone accounts for about 30% of our visitors.
Majority of our visitors are targeted visitors, including visitors from Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Florida and other cities in the U.S. and other international gem and jewelry markets in the world such as London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Antwerp in Europe, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore in Asia, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane in Australia, and Johannesburg, Cairo and Casablanca in Africa, who appear to be scouting for information on diamonds, gemstones and jewelry, before making a final purchase.
Our website is also frequented by professionals and experts in the gemstone, diamond and jewelry sectors. We are in the process of continuously updating our website, in order to provide the information our visitors are keen in finding out.
Pride of place has been given to the diamond industry. The evolution of the diamond industry is given prominence, with its origins in ancient India (see Koh-i-Noor Diamond) in the 4th century B.C., giving details of diamond mining in the Eastern Deccan regions of South and Central India, including the famous Golconda mines near Hyderabad in Southern India. Another important source of diamonds in the world was the Kalimantan Province in Indonesia, where diamonds were discovered in the 14th century A.D. (see Trisakti Diamond and Matan Diamond). When the Dutch colonized Indonesia in the 17th century, the industry was already well established. The Dutch East India Company which was involved in the diamond trade, exported large quantities of diamonds to the Netherlands, laying the foundation for the development of Amsterdam as an international diamond-cutting and trading center. From the 14th century to the early 18th century both India and Indonesia were the main source countries for diamonds in the world. As diamond resources in India gets depleted after centuries of mining, a new player emerges in the international diamond industry, Brazil, where diamonds were discovered by the Portuguese colonialists in the early 18th century. Diamonds exploited from Brazil reached Portugal and other countries of Europe in large quantities in the 18th and 19th centuries. (see Star of the South Diamond). Then comes the greatest player in the diamond industry in modern history, Southern Africa, where diamonds were discovered in the mid-1860s. De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. was incorporated in 1888, which takes control of most of the diamond mines in Southern Africa, and eventually forms the Central Selling organization, that controls much of the world's trade in diamonds today (see Centenary Diamond).
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The history of the diamond trade also includes well written articles on the history of the famous diamonds in the world. Around famous diamonds in the world have been treated extensively under this section and are listed in alphabetical order on two WebPages titled Famous Gemstones and Diamonds.This section will be further expanded by our webmasters as more information is gathered on other famous diamonds.
Our website also provides information on all aspects of the colored gemstone industry in the world, such as mining, cutting and polishing and marketing. The gemological aspects of all colored gemstones have been extensively treated, and so are the famous colored gemstones in the world. Famous emeralds, rubies, sapphires, spinels and topaz totaling around 120 have already been treated exhaustively, and we hope to expand this data base by providing more information on other categories of famous colored gemstones as well.
An extensive resource data base on the natural and cultured pearl industries in the world is now being created, and exhaustive information on around 130 famous pearls have already been published and well received by our visitors. More pages on famous pearls will be added as the data base is further expanded. Incidentally, the historic pearl fishing grounds, in the Gulf of Mannar, between India and Sri Lanka, was the hub of the international natural pearl industry for over 4,000 years, together with the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and was based mainly on the species of pearl oyster known as Pinctada radiata. Pearls that entered the royal courts of Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and later the Roman, Greek and Byzantine empires originated in this region. Subsequently, pearls from this region also entered the courts of emperors of the Persian Empire, the Mogul Empire of India, and the Ottoman Empire of Turkey. The South China Sea was also a source of natural pearls based on the species Pinctada maxima, and these pearls entered the courts of the ancient Chinese Emperors.
We have also built up an extensive gemstone and jewelry gallery, including photographs of rough as well as cut and polished gemstones of all categories, including rare gemstones such as Andalusite, Black Star Sapphire, Cobalt Spinels and Diopsides. The jewelry gallery consists of the jewel-studded ornamental elephant gallery, and jewelry set with abalone, agate, carnelian, malachite, tiger eye and turquoise. The gallery will be extended further as photographs of other categories of jewelry are also included.
Blogs and forums on our website help to generate discussion among our visitors and seek solutions to problems faced by them relevant to the industry, and thus helps to expand the knowledge of our visitors in respect of the gem and jewelry industry.
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