Moonstone Mines

Moonstone Mines, Ambalangoda: Address, Phone Number, Moonstone Mines Reviews: 2.5/5

Moonstone Mines
2.5
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Moon-scam Mine
Mar 2020
Our driver told us about this place and kept telling how awesome place this is. We were stupid to listen him. We arrived to parking lot and immidiately our "guide" arrived to help us and tell us about the "mine" and how they grow cinnamon. After short walk to Cinnamon garden our "guide" ( very friendly ) began to tell about their operation and showed how they mine the moonstone. The conditions would have been bad even in 1800's and its 2020. Its basically the same story as all other horror stories here.. The guide yelled to the pit, voice answered and we got so lucky when they "found" moonstones right then when we were visiting. I asked how their operation works and many answers didnt make any sense, the guide was supposed to be the "boss" but he didnt know how the company works. After short mine presentation the guide took us to see their cinnamon operation and told how they are making spices. After that he asked that if we would like to buy some, as they are local. That was ok, even though the price was quite high for small amount of cinnamon. Then our guide took us to see how they make jewellery from the moonstone in their workshop. After that we were taken to the shop right next to workshop. Guide was pushy at us, because we were supposed to buy 350$ ring and god knows how much else. We told no but the guide insisted that we should buy as they were "top quality" etc. We told that we didnt have money with us ( we had like 20$ left) - the guide told that our driver would come with us to hotel to get our credit card. We said that's not going to happen. I said we've had enough and we rushed out to parking lot, the guide followed us to the car. Our driver was visibly disappointed that we didnt buy. Drivers and tuktuk drivers know about this place and they get their share of the profits if they take you to this place. Dont go to any moonstone mines and if u want jewellery, buy from big city stores. These guys are scammers!

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CreativeTravel
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Moon-scam Mine
Mar 2020
Our driver told us about this place and kept telling how awesome place this is.
We were stupid to listen him. We arrived to parking lot and immidiately our "guide" arrived to help us and tell us about the "mine" and how they grow cinnamon.
After short walk to Cinnamon garden our "guide" ( very friendly ) began to tell about their operation and showed how they mine the moonstone. The conditions would have been bad even in 1800's and its 2020.
Its basically the same story as all other horror stories here..
The guide yelled to the pit, voice answered and we got so lucky when they "found" moonstones right then when we were visiting.
I asked how their operation works and many answers didnt make any sense, the guide was supposed to be the "boss" but he didnt know how the company works.

After short mine presentation the guide took us to see their cinnamon operation and told how they are making spices. After that he asked that if we would like to buy some, as they are local. That was ok, even though the price was quite high for small amount of cinnamon.

Then our guide took us to see how they make jewellery from the moonstone in their workshop. After that we were taken to the shop right next to workshop. Guide was pushy at us, because we were supposed to buy 350$ ring and god knows how much else. We told no but the guide insisted that we should buy as they were "top quality" etc. We told that we didnt have money with us ( we had like 20$ left) - the guide told that our driver would come with us to hotel to get our credit card. We said that's not going to happen.
I said we've had enough and we rushed out to parking lot, the guide followed us to the car. Our driver was visibly disappointed that we didnt buy. Drivers and tuktuk drivers know about this place and they get their share of the profits if they take you to this place. Dont go to any moonstone mines and if u want jewellery, buy from big city stores. These guys are scammers!
Written March 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Life is a journey
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FAKE - ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!
Feb 2020 • Couples
First you see nice cinemon trees, where the tour guide explains you all about cinemon trees. So good so far, but after that you see some old men climbing down into a big hole and an other one washing some stones, where 2 moonstine's are shining bright. You don't have to be very intelligent to realize, that this is only for tourists and they don't get some new stones out of the ground.

Finishing the tour, youre going to a big shop, where everything looks clean and nice.
We didn't buy anything because of the prices and after that our tour guide couldn't see us into the eyes.

So the end of the story, it's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.
Written February 20, 2020
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dianedinky
253 contributions
Interesting mine
Jan 2020
Was quite a nice tour to see the working mine shaft and learn a bit more above the gemstones and minerals of the area. However, as others have said be careful of the shop. The prices are extortionate and I'm not convinced of how genuine the stones are - even though you get a certificate, is it worth the paper it's written on. Probably best to try and avoid the hard sell altogether and walk out after seeing the mine and small museum. There are better places for jewellery.
Written February 14, 2020
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VoyageWizard.com
Vienna, Austria40 contributions
Basically a shop with showroom.
Jan 2020 • Family
It's basically a shop and you can look at some people working on the stones as well. But don't expect too much.
Written February 1, 2020
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Catherine V
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Hand labour mine
Jan 2020
If you want to understand how moonstone was found in a cinnamon plantation and then a hand made shaft constructed to extract the stone then this offers a very good explanation of the process. I found it really interesting but the inevitable end of the tour involves a trip to the gemstone shop. It is such a shame that this so often feels like a hard sell and spoils what went before.
Written January 23, 2020
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Cooper
3 contributions
Scam. Don't go here.
Dec 2019
The experience started off OK. The guide was incredibly charming and enthusiastic about the moonstone mining process and how special it was to Sri Lanka. He showed us around and answered all of out questions. It was super basic and their wasnt much to explain.
I decided to get a ring made. I chose the setting and the stone and they said they would put it together. They made me pay for the ring before seeing the final product. The prices were ridiculously high and they wouldnt negotiate. I wanted to pay with my credit card and save the small amount of cash I had. When i opened my wallet to get my card, she saw the cash, TOOK OUT THE CASH, and said she would process card and cash. Before I could object she was already processing the payment. The woman at the check out was the most rude I think throughout the process. They gave me coffee while I waited almost an hour and half for my ring (they quoted 15minutes).
When my ring was ready. The stone had a very visibly cloudy line through it. The man said its the stones imperfection. Thats fine, but that was NOT the stone I chose an hour and half earlier. We argued back and forth and he assured me it was the stone I chose. I told him, I would not have chosen that stone, 100%. They would not fix the ring or give me my money back. I dont even know if the stone is real, but the more time I spent at the property the more it was apparent that the entire business is taking advantage of foreigners. I am hugely disappointed and I would recommend everyone to spend their money elsewhere.
Written January 15, 2020
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Wayne M
Durban, South Africa197 contributions
Educational
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had not heard or seen moonstones so it was fascinating to see how they are mined even if the process ifs very basic.
Written October 19, 2019
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Vishal G
Bengaluru, India5 contributions
Moonstone mine: a tourist trap
Oct 2019 • Family
Mine is fake, it's all theatrics to sell gems. Owner and staff turned rude as soon as asked few questions on quality.

Don't unless you understand gems and can identify difference between fake and quality
Written October 4, 2019
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ab2012London
london22 contributions
Dreadful
Aug 2019 • Couples
Got taken here by tuk tuk driver. Mine is fake, 100%. They should just say it’s representative of working mine and not lie about it. The guy flat out lied. Workshop obviously fake. Shop is the end destination. Prepare for super hard selling tactics. Disgraceful. Thank goodness we didn’t buy anything
Written August 30, 2019
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Marns
Sri Lanka16 contributions
Interesting!
Jun 2019
Got to learn all about how they mine the stones and make them into jewellery which is incredible and even got some jewellery too!! Recommend!
Written July 28, 2019
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