When you think of digging for treasure, normally you think of down in the mines or looking on an abandoned island for hidden pirate gold. However, one many have started digging throughout the streets of New York City, and surprisingly it appears to be paying off.
Raffi Sepanian from Queens, New York, has discovered that he can find bits of diamonds, rubies, platinum, and gold just by sifting through the dirty gutters of Midtown’s Diamond District. In fact, it pays off so well he can easily make a living. When you look through the 47th Street, it is like walking on a pavement made of gold. And that is why you will find Raffi on all fours with a butter knife and tweezers, just digging in the cracks of sidewalks.
Traffic and the flood of people do not deter him, he is here to make money so that is what he intends to do. A freelance diamond setter, he was looking for valuable pieces of tiny diamonds or tiny ruby chips stuck in New York City mud. Sometimes he comes across pieces from jewelry accessories like gold earring backs or loops from broken chains; anything valuable he can reuse or sell.
Things that people carelessly drop by mistake or accident, Raffi mines them and makes good use of the lost valuables. According to Raffi the percentage of gold on the streets may even be higher than what you find in the mines.
In six days, Raffi is able to make over $600 mining the sidewalks for gold and other materials left behind by the industry. He first got the idea when coming across some scraps of gold left of the floor of a diamond exchange. Some of the gold he has found has been on the streets for over 60 years.
Much like recycling cans and redeeming them for nickels, just luckily for Raffi, the materials he is finding are worth a lot more.