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Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka

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Promise me you won't by a pebble

Standard Sri Lankan tourist trap... The guide was excellent and made the most of what he was showing. The hole in the ground was supplemented by some cinnamon trees and half a... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Sabac, Serbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Mine was real, stone also. From eleven meters deep shaft, grey mud was washed in basket and then cut and polish on wood laps. Legendary moonstones, used by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels etc. for royals. The best is Sri Lankan, transparent with strong blue sheen on top.Other type is cat's eye moonstone. We find both in shop, near mine,... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It is a well organized interaktiv museum and trading center. The guide show for us the cinamon plantation, the moon mine hole and the shop of the jewellery games.

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Doha, Qatar
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This so-called "tour" of a mine and factory epitomizes the plague of the hard-sell. Honestly, if you're really curious about how moonstones are mined, I'm sure there's a Youtube video out there. Save yourself the time and your dignity. I bought a stone and thought I could have a look in the cases (at some lovely made items) but they... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Standard Sri Lankan tourist trap... The guide was excellent and made the most of what he was showing. The hole in the ground was supplemented by some cinnamon trees and half a dozen pineapple plants. The 'workshop' was a bit of a joke and then wait for it... the shop...! Standard overpriced jewellery place with a fairly hard sell. Moonstones... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

After bargaining for one hour or so we got a reasonable price for some "blue moonstones". Luckily we decided to have the stones worked in rings and pendants by a jeweler in Hikkaduwa . There it turned out that the stones where actually made of cheap quartz with a thin chip of blue moonstone sticked to the backside of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

You're better off going straight to a jewelry shop. There's a short tour to show you what the entrance to a mine looks like (you don't get to go in though) and a quick demonstration of how they wash the gems from the dirt. You do get to see a workshop of guys making jewelry, but that's rushed as well.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We arrived here after visiting one of the local turtle hatchery's, and as we were up from Unawatuna which is quite a distance away by Tuk, Tuk. Our driver suggested a quick visit to a "Moonstone Mine" now, being rather street wise I agreed in principal as I know just how much of a tourist trap these places can be.... More 

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Amersham
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We enjoyed seeing how the gems are mined, brought to the surface, washed and selected - before going into the shop to buy.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is the only place in Asia that moonstones are found. They are beautiful. But gentlemen, hold on to your wallet, the lady's can't resist!

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Mumbai
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Ask any local about the places to visit and the Moonstone Mine comes up for sure. Possiblt because this is a commercial activity wherein every travel operator facilitating sales is entitled to commissions. The Moonstone Gem mine located in a village called Meetiyagoda which is just off the town of Hikkaduwa - a 20 minute drive from hikkaduwa. As this... More 

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