Raffi Stepanian works at the Diamond District in New York City and his trade is anything but common. Raffi is a gold digger in the literal sense of the word.
Several years ago Raffi was working as a stone setter when happened to find gold scraps on the floor. That’s when he realized that out there, the streets are swarming with gold. So each week he makes around $500 from finding gold and platinum chips, earring backs, tiny gem stones and other jewelry parts. He uses a butter knife, ordinary tweezers and a Styrofoam cup in order to make his living.
According to Raffi himself, making money this way is one step above from working in a mine, because the gems are already polished and properly cut. He collects bits and pieces of treasure on the streets and then sells it to gold dealers in the Diamond District.
Apparently the 43-year-old man knows how to use his eyes.