Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weighing a days take of Diamonds

Weighing a days take of Diamonds
Weighing a days take of Diamonds

I was Diamond mining in South America 18 years ago and we were having success in finding some quality Diamonds. The trouble is that the area is not necessarily controlled by the concession owner.

Mr Hillmer was the local Diamond lord. I found some very rich drainages and while we were able to mine some of them, most were given to the local giampero miners.  The politics were very difficult at that time and very dangerous. Mr. Hillmer and Mr. Otero were good to me and I was able to get a lot of Diamonds and gold. I feel very fortunate to have had this great jungle adventure. As you can see I have a very anxious look as he weighs my take of Diamonds. There was a lot of carats in that little film can.

Expenses in the South American jungle were extremely high. Manpower was of very good quality , but it is tough to keep it going in some of these environments. Someday I hope to go back as I am sure some of the places I discovered are still waiting to be mined.



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