Jathika Namal Uyana: Sri Lanka’s Rose Quartz Mountain Range

Khursheed Dinshaw (India) When I was a child, my mother gifted me a pink pendant. At the time, I didn’t know that it was pink (or rose) quartz. The colour fascinated me and I wore the pendant for many years. As an adult, I learnt that pink quartz is regarded worldwide as the stone signifying unconditional love. It is also widely used for its healing qualities and is believed by some to heal feelings of pain, loss and grief. Other than this, it is a popular semi-precious ornamental stone in jewellery. Poor quality quartz is also used in the glass making industry, and has been mined for centuries. In fact, the semi-precious stone is part of Egyptian and Roman history. Fig. 1. The Rose Quartz Mountain Range of Sri Lanka. Recently, I got an opportunity to visit Sri Lanka and the highlight of my trip was the visit to the Rose Quartz Mountain Range, which is apparently South Asia’s largest pink quartz mountain range (Figs. 1 and 2). Known as Jathika Namal Uyana by Sri Lankans, the range can be reached after a simple hike through the Ironwood Forest from the ticketing counter, from where I purchased my entry ticket. Fig. 2. South Asia’s largest pink quartz mountain range. The entry to the forest was across the road from the counter, with a board mentioning that the forest is the largest in Sri Lanka. The Ironwood Tree (Mesua ferrea) is the national tree of Sri Lanka, where it is known … Read More

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