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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14Sep Sapphire – the Star Attraction


One of the most fascinating and rare varieties of sapphire is the so-called “star” sapphire.This member of the corundum family exhibits a clear star shape (or asterism) under certain lighting conditions. When viewed using a strong source of direct light (such as a torch or penlight), a six-ray star will…

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09Sep Successful Charity Run for Kandy Kids


On Sunday 7th September, Nineteen48’s co-founder, Stuart, put on his running shoes and joined Steve O’Driscoll from Kandy Kids for a half-marathon in their hometown of Bournemouth.The “dynamic” duo followed a course that took them along the length of Bournemouth and Poole’s sandy beaches and back again, in conditions that…

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22Jul Not a Lot of People Know That – Some Sapphire Trivia


The name for sapphire is thought to have come from Greek (‘sappheiros’) or Latin (‘sapphirus’). Both of these words probably referred originally to lapis lazuli or were used as a generic term for blue gemstones. The word ‘saphir’ is found around the mid-13th century in Old French and the Latin…

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22Jul New Charity Partner for Nineteen48


We are very pleased to announce that we are now working with another charity partner in Sri Lanka, the Emerge Lanka Foundation.The foundation is the Sri Lanka-based sister entity of Emerge Global, a Boston-based, non-profit organisation that aims to empower young women in Sri Lanka who have survived abuse and…

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20Mar Sapphires Are Blue and Rubies Are Red… Right?


There is a common misconception that all sapphires are blue and all rubies are red. However, there’s a lot more to the colour of these stones than one might think.Both of these precious gemstones belong to the same family of stones, called corundum. Scientifically speaking, all corundum (both sapphire and…

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13Mar Discovering the Treasures of the Kristall Gallerie


In the town of Swakopmund on the Namibian coast, there is a fairly unassuming structure that could easily be overlooked as a modern apartment block or office building. However, housed within is a quite staggering array of minerals and gemstones. Gem lovers and rockhounds who find themselves in this part…

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01Mar Official Recognition for Kandy Kids


The co-founder of Kandy Kids, Steve O’Driscoll, was in Sri Lanka in January, working on a range of projects for the charity. Whilst he was there, Steve was invited to talk to some of the local authorities about his work.The outcome of the discussions was that Kandy Kids has received…

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21Feb Spinel – the Affordable Alternative to the Big Three?


It’s not everyone that can afford to own a sapphire, ruby or emerald, but there are some very attractive alternatives when it comes to buying coloured gemstones.One of those alternatives is spinel, a much underrated gemstone that is found in several parts of Asia and Africa, historically in Sri Lanka…

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