Rohan Gems & Lapidary - Ceylon gem mining and exports

Gold Coast, Australia ~ Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

We export natural gem stones from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) such as blue sapphires, rubies, Padparadschas world wide. We are an established business of over 30 years and all our stones are mined in Sri Lanka . 

Sri Lankan Gem Mining Techniques - Mechanized mining

Using excavators in gem mining has not been allowed in Sri Lanka, as measures to limit negative impacts on the natural environment. This has resulted in ancient manual techniques being used to this date. 

A few years ago, the government granted a limited amount of permits to use excavators and backhoes in mining operations. The permits came with high licensing fees and a deposit fee which only could be partially retrieved by filling out the area which has been dug out and bringing the land to a satisfactory natural state.

Below is a video of the process which we use in our recent mining operations. The use of the backhoe has allowed us to complete tasks much more easier and faster. 

The gem gravel (illam) washing baskets were made with minimal costs, but does the job very well. With the use of the basket and the backhoe, a massive amount of illam can be washed in a day, with very minimal effort. 

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