Sri Lanka

Jessica went to Sri Lanka in March and November last year and trained in a workshop there, after an initial introduction to the country and it’s jewellery trade in 2009.  As well as sourcing more materials and local techniques on these trips she also brought back many traditional Sri Lankan tools that she was taught to use out there. 

Below are some photos of her training and buying her new equipment. 

Above: Jessica at the bench and with her tutor.

Right: Tool shopping in Southern Sri Lankan’s jewellers market town, haggling in true local style!

Far right: Successful shopping!

Below: Gem sifting for garnets in the ‘Menik Ganga’ (River of Gems)

At the gem mines in the Ratnapura region of Sri Lanka

Looking down the mine shaft