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Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We usually travel to Down south once in 02 or 03 months since we settled in Colombo in last December. This time the staff at the hotel we stayed recommended us this place. Just a couple of miles away from the main Galle road. We found the place giving a good insight into the total process from the mining to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We were taken to A C Malliyawadu (No 1)Moonstone Gem & Jewellery by our guide. We had a quick tour after which the staff gathered around & eagerly accepted the pens, pencils, books & sweets which we happily gave for their children. The shop was extremely hard sell & prices were not particularly good. After some bargaining I agreed to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Be warned these tourist traps are selling doublets.Quartz with a very thin layer of moonstone glued onto base. You can spot a line going around with a loupe. Name was moonstone mine and gem palace nr Hikkaduwa

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Ambalangoda

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