Tag Archives: mine

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 […]

Gary Seneviratne at mine in Sri Lanka

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 a word that is […]

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, […]

mine shelter construction

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 Materials The majority of the construction uses either natural materials which are […]

Gary Seneviratne at mine in Sri Lanka

Visiting gem mines in Sri Lanka

We take our commitment to ethical standards very seriously at Nineteen48 and we do our best to visit our partners in Sri Lanka and see for ourselves exactly how they set up their mining operations. There are a range of small-to-medium scale mines that we typically see in Sri Lanka. Some are relatively shallow shaft […]