Urban Gold Miner

by Vince


43-year-old “urban gold miner” Raffi Stepanian of Queens — a freelance diamond setter by trade — says he brings in over $500 a week sifting through the streets of Manhattan’s Diamond District in search of gold, diamonds, and other precious materials.

“The streets of 47th Street are literally paved with gold,” Stepanian says. “Material falls off clothes, on the bottom of shoes, it drops off jewelry, and it falls in the dirt and sticks to the gum on the street.”

Impressive, indeed.


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