Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

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Charity project update – a visit to the Emerge Reintegration Centre

As you walk into the new Emerge Reintegration Centre in Colombo, there is an instant feeling of calm, peacefulness and positivity. Before even going inside the building, there is a sense that this is much more than simply another house in a quiet sidestreet. However, when you begin to appreciate what is happening here, you […]

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Kandy Kids’ charity work continues in Sri Lanka in 2017

After another successful year of fundraising in 2016, Steve O’Driscoll, founder of Kandy Kids, made his customary annual trip to Sri Lanka in January to oversee the spending of the money raised. Once again, Steve travelled around the country visiting the various orphanages, children’s homes and other projects supported by his small, but effective, charity, […]

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Mine to market – a customer’s view

In January 2016, one of our customers (Jane Barnett) came to Sri Lanka, determined that a key part of her trip would be starting the process of making some unique pieces of jewellery for herself and her step-daughter. We were very honoured to be chosen to help Jane with the selection of her rough gem material […]

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Kandy Kids continues its fantastic charity work in Sri Lanka

The annual trip to Sri Lanka for Kandy Kids’ founder, Steve O’Driscoll, took place again in January and we are pleased to report that it was a resounding success. Steve spent several weeks visiting the orphanages and children’s homes in Kandy and Negombo, carefully allocating the money that had been raised through various activities in […]

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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 trip to Sri Lanka […]

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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 to simply bring it […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]