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Digging in the gem pit

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 the mining plot. Work also […]

Rough gemstones

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, so this is the day […]

Shaft mine protective covering

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 from space. In Sri Lanka, […]