22Feb UK Premiere of "The Shadow of Gold" (London - 11/03/20)


We are proud to be part of Fair Luxury, a collaboration of jewellery industry changemakers with a vision for a responsible and sustainable future.For their next event, Fair Luxury is joining with The Goldsmiths' Centre…

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06Nov 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…

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03Nov 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…

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19May Nineteen48’s Gems Achieve Jeweltree Certification Standard


Nineteen48’s customers are now able to obtain a Jeweltree Certificate with their purchase of any gemstone from Nineteen48’s own mines in Sri Lanka.Together with the Jeweltree Foundation, Nineteen48 has set up a thorough “track & trace” due…

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02May 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…

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24Mar 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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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24Apr Our First Mine Has a Name!


Our mining project in Sri Lanka has now been officially named as “Pathal Pola 1”, which is the Sinhala for “gem pit”. This is the term that is used by the mining team themselves so…

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