1888Cape Punch 14 Mar. 155‘Kimberley,’ he said...‘The only canopy above it the blue sky of heaven, in which at night the stars shone like regular genuine “stones”.’
1891E. GlanvilleFossicker 292The cooling mud has closed around the ‘stones,’ taking the impress of every angle and facet.
1897J.P. FitzpatrickOutspan 193‘Where’s your claim?’ ‘Going to-morrow!’ The youngest shook his head and smiled faintly...‘Have you found any stones?’
1899G.C. GriffithKnaves of Diamonds 67They know I’ve got stones from Ridley, but they don’t know what stones — see?
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 3The finder of these small stones was again a transport rider, who had been working in German South-West Africa, and had brought back a small phial full of these tiny stones, which he said could be had for the picking any where in the sand near a certain bay he knew of.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 15Now, this seemed a perfectly God-sent opportunity for locating the ‘big stones’ we all felt certain existed, and we set about getting in stores for the trip at once.
a1931S. Black inS. GrayThree Plays (1984) 167Jacob: The doctor said I’ve got maar a stone inside. Samuel: A stone — how many carats?
1939M. RorkeMelina Rorke 57We were supposed to sell any diamond so discovered to the De Beers Company, which scrupulously paid the highest market value of each stone, so that it mightn’t fall into the hands of the I.D.B.
1957D. JacobsonPrice of Diamonds 14A crazy fellow, Gottlieb thought, bringing a box of little stones and talking for half an hour.
1967E.M. SlatterMy Leaves Are Green 44When the illicit diamond buyers arrived they began bribing the boys to conceal the diamonds they found while digging, and to bring the stones to them.
1971Std Encycl. of Sn Afr.IV. 20The first stones were found in a substance near the surface known as ‘yellow ground’...Before long the secret of treatment stood revealed: to allow the blue ground to weather by exposure to the atmosphere before being searched for stones.
1972S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 27‘Stones’ are usually over one carat (a carat being 200 milligrams). Anything smaller falls in the ‘melee’ category.
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