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Diamond

Ten-year-old Lawrence Shields was picking through a bucket of dirt at a commercial gem mine in North Carolina last week when he found an interesting rock. “I just like the shape of it,” he says. It turned out to be a 1061-carat sapphire. Lawrence and his parents say they’ve been told it could be worth more than $35,000.

From Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, quoted in Parade, December 31, 1995, p. 8