New York Street Paved Not Only In Dog Poop But Also Diamonds

Extremely dirty person Raffi Stepanian prowls the streets of New York on his hands and knees looking for gold and diamonds. Surprisingly, he finds them! At least $819 worth, in less than a week.

The former "freelance diamond setter" has been collecting precious metals and gemstones from 47th Street since 1984. Or at least that's what he tells the New York Post.

With a reporter in tow, Stepanian took his Styrofoam cup of mud to a friend's polishing studio on 47th Street near Sixth Avenue and demonstrated how he "pans" the precious particles like an old-fashioned prospector — by hand, in a small metal basin with water and a strainer.

He brings the grit and grime from the street back to an apartment, where he uses water to separate gunk from gold, much like panning for gold in a river, except far filthier. It's actually quite ingenious. But disgusting. I need to wash my hands now.

[Via New York Post]

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