The largest and purest diamond ever found

Rafael Solano sat on a boulder in the dry river bed, his back bent, his shoulders crushed by an invisible weight. He slowly raised his head. It weighed a ton. He spoke in a low voice, his words almost unintelligible. He mumbled to his two friends again.

“I give up.”

They stopped collecting pebbles and looked at him.

“I can’t take it anymore. I don’t believe in it anymore.”

Sweat glistened on his forehead. The bright sun had dried his face into a network of fine blood vessels. Dark shadows surrounded his eyes.

He held a pebble in his hand. “The next will be a million”

He threw down the pebble. It bounced off another rock and lay gleaming in the sunlight.

It was 1942; the country, Venezuela.

Long, hard months had passed for the three men who prospected for diamonds in the waterways of their homeland. They had worked tirelessly, driven by greed, passion, and an unashamed hope for the future. They had stooped and collected pebbles from sunrise to sunset. They had fought off their discouragement with talks about how they would spend their newfound wealth. But all they ever found were pebbles. Now, as they all faced each other, their clothes were torn and dirty, only rags clinging to their gaunt bodies. They stank from months of unwashed sweat that had soaked their skin, hair, and the remains of their clothing.

“Pick up another pebble,” one of Rafael’s friends urged. “Make it a million.”

Solano dropped to his knees and buried his hands in the sand. He wriggled it around in the damp sand until it touched a large, hard object. He pulled out a sand-encrusted pebble the size of a hen’s egg. He shook the heavy pebble in his hand, a little surprised at its weight. His friends watched in awe as he brushed the pebble clean.

The millionth pebble, the largest and purest diamond ever found, was sold to Harry Winston, a jeweler, in New York. He paid Rafael Solano $2,000,000 for the diamond.

The millionth pebble was affectionately dubbed “The Liberator”.

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Rafael Solano and his friends had a wild dream. There was nothing sensible about that dream. In fact, it was so rambling, so outrageous, that any sane person would have dismissed it at first thought. They wanted to find diamonds. After much research, they found a place that had a reputation for being a possible location.

The men worked long and hard in seemingly futile labor. They kept each other happy, and as Rafael Solano at 999,999. Kiesel wanted to give up, his friends urged him to keep going.

Then, as if on cue, the universe returned men a millionfold return on their sweat capital. After months of not having the slightest idea that they were in the right place, a diamond suddenly appeared, quite unexpectedly, and it was a diamond of such epic proportions that they didn’t have to try anymore.