Ben Oostdam story # 26

" FAMILY JEWELS "

Between 1963 and 1965, I was working for Ocean Science and Engineering on marine diamond exploration in South - and (then) South West Africa for the De Beers Group.
As their geological consultants they engaged the Anglo American Corporation, with Dr. Arnold Waters as Chief Geologist.

In his presentations on the mode of occurrence of diamonds, Dr. Waters always got excited and gave a very animated demo about how once he was standing straddling a deep pothole. Pointing down between his shoes, he ended with the exclamation :

"And there, I had between my legs, some 786 carats of diamonds! "


Upon which one British geologist dryly commented:

" And that gives one an entirely different perspective
on the meaning of the phrase : family jewels.
"

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