22Jan Birthstones – a Year in Gems (Part 1 of 4 – January to March)


Certain gemstones are associated with particular months of the year and are known as birthstones. There are lists of birthstones from a number of different organisations, as well as certain regional variations. These are the more common month/gemstone combinations for January, February and March:January – GarnetFrom the reds and oranges…

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08Nov Explore the World of Gemstones With a Gem Workshop From Nineteen48


Would you like to expand your gemstone knowledge? Understand more about how gems are formed and where they are found? Perhaps learn how to tell them apart and how much they are worth?At Nineteen48, we believe that we have a role to play in promoting the subjects of gems and…

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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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09May A Lover’s Guide to Sapphire by Richard Hughes


As huge fans of sapphire, we were considering writing a blog post to wax lyrical about this wondrous gemstone, when we came across an article on the subject by the world-famous expert, Richard W. Hughes.Having read Richard’s piece, there was very little point in trying to better it, so we decided…

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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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13Apr Don’t Believe the Hype – the Harsh Reality of the Hatton Garden Robbery


The audacious and shocking robbery from Hatton Garden Safe Deposit over the Easter weekend has stirred a number of reactions and responses from the media and the industry, some of which have been less than helpful or appropriate.Since the theft was first reported, the headlines have been full of sensationalist…

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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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12Mar Nineteen48 Adds Canadamark Diamonds to Its Range


We are very pleased to announce that, alongside our wide range of ethically-sourced Sri Lankan coloured gemstones, we can now offer responsibly-mined and fully-traceable CanadaMark diamonds.These stunning gems are sourced by the Dominion Diamond Corporation from the Ekati and Diavik mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories.Each diamond is laser inscribed with the…

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