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. Miners in Sri Lanka often receive a share of the value of all gemstones discovered,…

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12Mar Nineteen48 Adds Canadamark Diamonds to Its Range


We are very pleased to announce that, alongside our wide range of ethically-sourced Sri Lankan coloured gemstones, we can now offer responsibly-mined and fully-traceable CanadaMark diamonds.These stunning gems are sourced by the Dominion Diamond Corporation from the Ekati and Diavik mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories.Each diamond is laser inscribed with the…

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07Mar Kandy Kids Trip to Sri Lanka 2015


In January, Kandy Kids’ founder, Steve O’Driscoll, made his annual trip to Sri Lanka and, as usual, he did an amazing job of using the funds raised during the previous year to maximum effect.Yet again, the number of children at the Tikiri Sevana orphanage had increased and the main need…

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24Feb Award Nomination for Nineteen48


Nineteen48 was recently confirmed as a finalist in the UK Jewellery Awards (UKJA) 2015, having been shortlisted in the new category of Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year.“We were very pleased to see this new category which we hope will raise the profile of ethical jewellery in the UK and we…

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16Jan A Campaign to Change Lives? “I DO” Says Fairtrade Gold


On Wednesday 14th January, 2015, the Fairtrade Foundation launched its “I DO” campaign in London. The initiative aims to raise $1 million from sales of wedding rings made with Fairtrade Gold to support artisanal gold miners in some of the world’s poorest countries.To reach their target, an estimated 100,000 wedding…

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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 and distinctly unglamorous world of gem mining.It is fair to say that “ethics” is not…

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25Dec A Colour for Every Occasion – the Rainbow World of Tourmaline


Although tourmaline is not the rarest of gems and is often seen in jewellery, not many people appreciate the entire colour range of this fascinating family of minerals.Tourmaline occurs all over the world. Primary deposits are found in many countries, most notably Brazil (all colours), Afghanistan (blue and green) and…

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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 deep in the Earth’s crust. It is said that these monstrous holes can be seen…

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15Nov 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…

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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 industry.The following brief overview of gem mining in what is now known as Sri Lanka…

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