07Mar Kandy Kids Trip to Sri Lanka 2015


In January, Kandy Kids’ founder, Steve O’Driscoll, made his annual trip to Sri Lanka and, as usual, he did an amazing job of using the funds raised during the previous year to maximum effect.Yet again, the number of children at the Tikiri Sevana orphanage had increased and the main need…

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24Feb Award Nomination for Nineteen48


Nineteen48 was recently confirmed as a finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards (UKJA) 2015, having been shortlisted in the new category of Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year.“We were very pleased to see this new category which we hope will raise the profile of ethical jewellery in the UK and we…

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16Jan A Campaign to Change Lives? “I DO” Says Fairtrade Gold


On Wednesday 14th January, 2015, the Fairtrade Foundation launched its “I DO” campaign in London. The initiative aims to raise $1 million from sales of wedding rings made with Fairtrade Gold to support artisanal gold miners in some of the world’s poorest countries.To reach their target, an estimated 100,000 wedding…

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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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25Dec A Colour for Every Occasion – the Rainbow World of Tourmaline


Although tourmaline is not the rarest of gems and is often seen in jewellery, not many people appreciate the entire colour range of this fascinating family of minerals.Tourmaline occurs all over the world. Primary deposits are found in many countries, most notably Brazil (all colours), Afghanistan (blue and green) and…

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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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15Nov Is Sri Lanka the “sweet Shop” of Gems?


Looking through the gem gravels in Sri Lanka is the gemmological equivalent of being a kid in the proverbial candy store.Gem mines on the island tend to be secondary deposits, rather than primary gem sources. That has a thrilling, yet challenging, knock-on effect.A secondary (or placer) deposit is where the gem…

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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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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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