Luck was on our side when Marla dredged up a 35-carat honker of a ruby in her very first bucket of dirt. The 37th honker of the 2006 Sheffield Mine season and the purpose of our visit was announced to our fellow prospectors by Linda in the gift shop. Eric, who had been living beneath a cloud of fear that no gems would be found and his entire master plan reduced to ruins, was relieved that the pressure was off.
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