No gemstones unturned

Posted On March 28, 2009

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no-gemsstones-unturnedWords by Colleen Anne Chua, 10 
Assumption College-Makati
Photos by Pinggot Zulueta

Gemstone mining is the business of taking precious gems from earth’s crust (which is the first layer of this planet’s land). A hole or tunnel is dug in the ground to take out metals, coal, salt, or other minerals. It sure sounded like hard dirty work.

So imagine my surprise when I did gemstone mining at Sacramento Sam’s in Shangri-La Mall and found it to not only be easy but also fun. One great thing about the store is that it looked exactly like a mining site complete with a big water tank where water flows through a conveyor machine. There are even oak barrels, cactus plants and directional signs.

Kuya Jerry (also called by his friends as “Diva”) first brought me to this oak barrel, where one will find packs of mining rough (or what I thought were ordinary stones). Then, off we went to the panning area where I placed my pack of “stones and soil” on a tray with small holes (a sluice box) and dipped it in the running water (coming from water tank). This will separate the soil and sand from the real gemstones. It was like finding a treasure. (Read More)