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Was all about you buying the gems at end of tour. The men working the mine look exhausted and under feed. Very hard labour. At the end they show you them making the jewelry. I must say has turned me of jewelry as only a...More
Unless your switched onto moonstones , then only average attraction. They show a demo mine. With some gravel being washed including some rough moonstone in it. Lots of jewelry demo as part of visit. Selling not too hard though.
The tour guide was very friendly and explained all about it.
But I did feel sorry for the man who had to jump in the mine to demonstrate. Although he did it with a smile I wasn't exactly thrilled he seemed to do it for...More
We were unsure about visiting as we had no idea what to expect . The mines are around 10M deep and 10M around in a bell shape a truly difficult and scary way to earn a living with the collapse of the chambers a real...More
Do not buy anything, they sell fakes - probably more so to tourists who they hope to never see again. This behaviour is a real shame for the tourist industry in Sri Lanka and I hope the Government will act upon their dishonest behaviour.
Nice little informative place but the pompous guy showing us around was very pushy and seemed annoyed that we didn't buy his 'jewels' for $400...!!!! I bought the kids a (doubtful) moonstone that cost $220 but have a feeling I was ripped off.
I visited this mine on 13 November and bought a star ruby and a star sapphire. I thought I had a bargain until I took them to a gemological institute to have them tested. They were both synthetic .
I enjoyed watching the process of getting the stones, it's only a small place so it doesn't take long to pay a visit. I found the guide to be very inappropriate. I was with my partner and he kept touching me and kinda flirting. He...More