06Nov Life Is Like a Prism – How an Expert Views Artisanal Mining


[This article was originally written by Estelle Levin for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). ARM’s blog is a space that aims to promote dialogue on the political context of the ASM sector and its challenges. Photos by Alliance for Responsible Mining, Manuela Franco and Eduardo Martino.] “Life is like a…

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03Nov Experience a Gemstone Paradise With Nineteen48


Would you like to learn more about the origin of our gemstones? How about a tropical adventure to Sri Lanka which includes visiting the actual mines where the gems are found? That could be easier than you think!Having been frequently asked by our customers about the possibility of taking a…

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19May Nineteen48’s Gems Achieve Jeweltree Certification Standard


Nineteen48’s customers are now able to obtain a Jeweltree Certificate with their purchase of any gemstone from Nineteen48’s own mines in Sri Lanka.Together with the Jeweltree Foundation, Nineteen48 has set up a thorough “track & trace” due diligence procedure to ensure a guaranteed mine to finger protocol. This means customers buying a gemstone…

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02May Working in the Pit – the Daily Life of a Sri Lankan Gem Miner


For a gem miner in Sri Lanka (as in most parts of the world), life follows a fairly regular routine, dictated largely by the hours of daylight available and the weather conditions.Working days begin soon after sunrise and end towards sunset, as there is often very little artificial lighting on…

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24Mar Playing the Miner’s “lottery” – Washing Day at the Gem Mine


Probably the most exciting time for both gem mine owners and their mining teams is the thrill of washing day when everyone gathers to find out if their digging efforts have brought them a shiny reward. Miners in Sri Lanka often receive a share of the value of all gemstones discovered,…

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04Jan Keeping It Clean: What Does It Mean to Be Ethical in the World of Gem Mining?


Ethics is a complex concept that means different things to different people and in different industries. For the world of gemstones and jewellery many of the ethical issues we face stem from the tough, uncompromising and distinctly unglamorous world of gem mining.It is fair to say that “ethics” is not…

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26Nov That’s Not Just a Hole in the Ground – Types of Mines in Sri Lanka


When most people hear the term “mining”, they usually think of a large scale operation, such as a diamond mine, where the pit can be up to 1 mile across and the gem material buried deep in the Earth’s crust. It is said that these monstrous holes can be seen…

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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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24Apr Our First Mine Has a Name!


Our mining project in Sri Lanka has now been officially named as “Pathal Pola 1”, which is the Sinhala for “gem pit”. This is the term that is used by the mining team themselves so we thought it was the most appropriate title for the project.The team has already completed…

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20Feb Our First Mining Project Has Begun


After many months of careful preparation, our first mining project is now underway. The team has cleared a small area of land and has started constructing the various shelters and support structures that we will need for the duration of the project.Natural MaterialsThe majority of the construction uses either natural…

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