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Moonstone Mines

Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Doncaster England
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The review from the Czech guy below is accurate. My wife and I visited here last Thursday (10th April), allegedly with a 50% discount day! The quality appears good but I'm afraid the true value is nowhere near what they say. If you're interested I would not pay more than 25% of the original price quoted. You will get better... More

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Mangalore, India
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Taking you to a moon stone mining is on every drivers radar for he earns if you shop. Having said that its not a bad idea to see how the moon stone is mined. A 10 minuted guided tour is then followed by visit to the gem shop. Not bad but make sure you don't buy anything. Its just a... More

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Forest Row, UK
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

'Visit to the Moonstone mines' - it sounded magical! It turned out to be a very dull experience followed by a high pressure sales spiel. The 'mine' was a hole in the ground and a puddle at the bottom with an old guy squatting in the water. Were those shiny wet moonstones between his toes? Really? I wonder who put... More

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Surrey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A guide will show you how they mine, polish and set the moonstones. You walk through cinnamon trees to get to the mine. There is a shop where you can buy jewellery and they try very hard to get you to buy something.

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Brno, Czech Republic
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We have visited in Feb 2014 during our family holiday. We have been shown how they mining and working with stones. Working condition were like from middle age. Took short walk thru cinnamon gardens. The shop on the other hand was very well maintained with freezing A/C. We bought some jewellery saphire earings - starting price USD 1000, got discount... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I bought a moonstone pendant and necklace at the moonstone mine shop after a very hard sell attempt by the salesman trying to get me to buy other pieces. I was very happy with the appearance off the necklace and was provided with a certificate of authenticity. The following day I wore the necklace and discovered that there was a... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is something similar to the many spice gardens of Sri Lanka. Walking through a cinnamon garden we come to a hut. Under the hut there is a mine. There is one person in the mine and one outside. The one outside puts on a show or you (cleaning the stones, and going up and down the mine) so we... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The guide was informative, wouldn't like to travel by myself or as a couple as they would definitely pounce on you in the shop. But I was with a group of volunteers so we all did buy something so they weren't so in your face. You really do have to bring prices down a lot, regardless of what they may... More

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

to the touristy Moonstone Mine, I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said. Although we had 2 men pop up from the mine, one I felt was for show & the other possibly for real. Actually I was well impressed when the real man jumped in that dirty great pool! I almost fell for it & tipped him,... More

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Colombo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Moonstones are found in a specific area near Ambalangoda( south of Sri Lanka). These are semi precious stones available in different shades. The process of extracting the stones are interesting for kids as well as adults. Staff at mines will explain the process and take a tour to the site. You will be amazed to see the final outcome after... More

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