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Moonstone Mines

Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Very expensive , over 5 times more for sapphires than we found in Galle. although the mine is quite interesting I thought they were only interested in getting you into their shop

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Melbourne
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

During our visit to Galle our driver took us to a Gem Mine. This is a Moonstone Gem mine located in a village called Meetiyagoda which is just off the town of Hikkaduwa. It is not too far by car, from Galle. I must confess that I have not been to a Gem Mine before. These gems are like pieces... More

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Penang
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

别浪费时间。nothing much. Just show a small mine and the standard stone processing then expect you to buy. Entrance fee is free.

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Vilnius
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80 reviews 80 reviews
43 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Being a moonstone fan (though not a connoisseur), I found it a nice and quite informative stop. It was very interesting to see the uncut stones washed from the mine diggings also to examine the minerals coming along with the moonstones. I even got myself a small blue moonstone pendant (overpriced, of, course, but the money were not so big)... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Interesting to read all the experiences various tourists had while visiting the meetiyagoda mines and while I have a been a huge fan of Sri Lankan moonstones for more than 20 years of collection, I can say the meetiyagoda mines are not producing the same high quality sort after blue sheen stones ones its boast to have been famous for... More

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Doncaster England
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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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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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42 helpful votes 42 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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