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Flux - Fair Luxury

Fair Luxury – Responsible Jewellery Conference – Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th April, 2017

We are very happy to be supporting the FLUX:Fair Luxury conference once again in 2017. This two-day event at the Assay Office Birmingham (U.K.) will build on FLUX’s inaugural conference in 2016. It will further encourage a dynamic platform for debate, providing an atmosphere of collaboration between open-minded individuals who wish to be part of […]

Flux - Fair Luxury

Nineteen48 plays key role in Fair Luxury conference

The inaugural FLUX:Fair Luxury conference took place on Tuesday 19th April at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London and Nineteen48 was very pleased to be heavily involved in the planning and execution of this event, the first of its kind in the UK. Conceived by a group of independent jewellery professionals, the aim of the conference […]

ARM blog

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 prism. What you see […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sri Lankan geuda

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 material has spent […]

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 was written by H. […]

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 […]