22Sep Gemming in Ceylon – a Reprint by H. V. Sardha Ratnavira


Thank you to Pala International’s Bill Larson for including this article in his newsletter in September 2014. It is interesting to see how little has changed in the last 75 years in Sri Lanka’s gem mining industry.The following brief overview of gem mining in what is now known as Sri Lanka…

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14Sep Sapphire – the Star Attraction


One of the most fascinating and rare varieties of sapphire is the so-called “star” sapphire.This member of the corundum family exhibits a clear star shape (or asterism) under certain lighting conditions. When viewed using a strong source of direct light (such as a torch or penlight), a six-ray star will…

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09Sep Successful Charity Run for Kandy Kids


On Sunday 7th September, Nineteen48’s co-founder, Stuart, put on his running shoes and joined Steve O’Driscoll from Kandy Kids for a half-marathon in their hometown of Bournemouth.The “dynamic” duo followed a course that took them along the length of Bournemouth and Poole’s sandy beaches and back again, in conditions that…

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