diamond, Minas Gerais, prospector, sand removal, minerals

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Prospector washing diamondiferous gravel for desliming and sand removal, on the banks of a stream in Minas Gerais around 1930, work in which coarse, medium and fine screens are used, sometimes overlapping. It was necessary to go around armed in the claim regions, almost always remote and where precious stones were sometimes found. The Smith & Wesson pistol in the cartridge belt enforced “the 38 rule”, as it was picturesquely defined by the prospectors, and also served to celebrate the discovery of a valuable diamond by shooting into the air. Postcard from the collection of Carlos Cornejo.