A moonstone is grey in colour and feels cool and smooth to the touch. When polished it has a glow like of the moon. Moonstone’s are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan gem industry. The finest are bluish in colour and are found in high concentrations in Meetiyagoda, between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa. The nearby villagers believe that this piece of land is blessed by the moon. At the Moonstone Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined. The visitor centre will provide information relative to the stones while the gift shop on the premises sells moonstones as well as other stones.