Become a gem hunter on the roads of Sri Lanka !
Sri Lanka is one of the largest gem producers in the world. The sapphire is the first stone of the island. The stones are extracted and shaped on the spot, to be then exported towards the greatest jewelers of the world.
DISCOVERY Gems invites you to discover the island of Sri Lanka, its cultural richness, its luxuriant nature through its field sessions in gemology. Thanks to our knowledge on the spot, as well as our contacts, learn all the secrets of the precious stones of this marvellous country.
Through your gemology trip in Sri Lanka, you will discover the mines, the traders, the heating techniques, the stone cutters, as well as the trading techniques, and much more.
This program is for groups of 6 people maximum. (Stay possible between December and March).
Exclusive programme also possible for groups of less than or more than 6 people throughout the year, extension to Jaipur also possible from Sri Lanka. (upon request)
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Day 1 : Welcome at Colombo airport, then departure for Beruwala and installation in your hotel, meeting traders in your hotel and rest.
Day 2 : Day of courses on gemstones, fundamental principles, negotiation, and customs law.
Day 3 : Free morning, followed by a visit to the world famous Beruwala market with the traders.
Day 4 : Leave for Ratnapura, and check into your hotel.
Day 5 : Visit the rough and cut stone market in Ratnapura, followed by a visit to underground and alluvial mines in the Kiriella and Pelmadulla area. Your day will end with the discovery of local heat treatment techniques. (Burners and modern heating).
Day 6 : Visit to several traders in the vicinity of Ratnapura in your hotel.
Day 7 : Morning at leisure, then departure for Galle, followed by a visit to the city, and the jewellery shops in the famous city in the south of the island.
Day 8 : Morning visit to the Gintota gemstone market near Galle, meeting with several suppliers at the hotel.
Day 9 : Relaxation at the hotel and departure for Negombo.
Day 10 : Departure in the evening to Colombo airport for your return to Europe or India.
This rate includes: transfers to and from Colombo airport, hotel accommodation in single room, breakfasts, ground transportation, entrance to the national park, guides, all courses and visits, and administration fees.
This price does not include : the international flight from your country of origin (Return flight from Paris from 400 €/person), lunches, dinners, drinks, visa fees, your personal expenses and additional stone purchases, tips and taxes, as well as individual insurance.
*For more information, please refer to our General Conditions.
Trained as a jeweler and gemologist at GIA, Benoît invites you to discover his passion for gemstones. Fascinated by stones since his childhood, he never ceases to carry you away in his world of colors and unique journeys.
With more than 20 years of experience in jewelry and gemology, as a trader for the most exclusives jewelers at Place Vendôme in Paris and with artisan jewelers between Asia and France, he puts all of his trading experience and expertise at your service
Gemology was an integral part of Benoît Charbonneau’s education, at the end of 6 years of jewellery studies. After obtaining his graduation and winning several awards in jewellery, the young gemologist first worked as a jeweller in the prestigious workshops of the Place Vendôme in Paris, then for the famous jeweller "Chopard" in St Barths during 6 years. Before its return to France, he spent 6 months at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in the United States to perfect his technical expertise in gemology.
After his experience in St Barths with an elite clientele, this jeweller-gemologist settled in France, and several positions in the jewellery business, Benoît Charbonneau's experience, knowledge and personality found an effective way to express itself by specialising in the trade and opening his company GEM SELECTION in 2015 in France.
Because we believe that your gemology experience should be unique and unforgettable, we have personally selected each of your hotels with the utmost care.