The devastating 28
year civil war in Sri Lanka has become history!
The Sri Lankan government, against all odds and conventional
international wisdom, was able to militarily defeat the dreaded
LTTE. In May, 2009,
peace returned to a unified Sri Lanka!
The LTTE, claimed by many think tanks and military observers
to be the most ruthless and best organized terrorist organization in
the world to date and purported to be undefeatable, was decisively
crushed by a bold, determined Sri Lankan government and dedicated
military. They accomplished what was generally believed
internationally to be impossible. The head of the LTTE Tigers was
removed permanently and peace now engulfs the entire island.
Peace has returned to this idyllic country after decades of
conflict and strife, now making this a wonderful time to discover
and explore this exotic, beautifully unique country.
A country now free of violent strife and brimming over with
I am an American
originally from New York, and college educated on the east coast.
With over 35 years of firsthand experience of living, working and
dealing in Sri Lanka, I can assure you your visit will be safe,
productive and highly interesting as you are immersed into the
exotic world of gems, at their source!
I have been involved
in every aspect of gemology including: designing and running a
jungle mining operation; field research for the G.I.A.; contributor
to Gems and Gemology magazine; all aspects of analytical field
gemology; gem faceting and marketing.
This is a truly
unique opportunity to experience the old style British colonial ways
in the settings of the gem infested tropical suburbs of Ratnapura.