This does not mean they are not comfortably off - but they have exercised strict caution in establishing the quality of their emeralds, and in exploring the world market without upsetting it.
Roll No. 1
View of typical countryside - Belingwe, S. Rhodesia - with emerald site, bottom picture.
MS. Mrs. Oosthuizen, Mr. Oosthuizen and Mr. Contat (the discovers and owners) at emerald site, looking at samples of rock containing emeralds.
Close shot - ditto.
CS. Mrs. Oosthuizen pan right to 2-shot Mr. Oosthuizen and Mr. Contat looking at samples.
CS. Sample, with fingers pointing out emerald.
MS. Emerald site (showing the rocks containing emeralds).
MS. Police dogs guarding fence around site - (under training for general guard work).
Closer shot. Dogs barking at fence - tilt to show African Detective climbing fence.
Roll No. 2
Police at radio - establishing contact with H.Q. radio.
African police playing football during off duty hours. African police camp in b.g.
Main entrance gate to area, showing car being checked by police.
LS. Owners house, near site. The three leaves house to go fish in river which runs near house.
The three in their boat on river.
Fishing from boat.
Tilt up from floats to the three in their boat.
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Background: This does not mean they are not comfortably off - but they have exercised strict caution in establishing the quality of their emeralds, and in exploring the world market without upsetting it.
They have to date sent only one commercial abroad. Most of their gems are being cut and marketed in the United States through their distribution company, Sandawana Emeralds Societe Anonoyme, incorporated in Switzerland. They are also being cut elsewhere to meet the particular specifications of various other markets, and approaches have already been made in Southern Africa for the purchase of their best quality gems.
Sandawana emeralds have already been distinctively typed, as have those from all other producing parts of the world, by Dr. E. Gubelin, according to their microscopic acicular intrusions (needle shaped minerals enclosed within the emerald).
The stones are also characterised by a deep green colour - the most intense known. Even to a laymen, this rich depth of colour is obvious when compared with samples from Columbia - the present leading producer of the gems.
As the partners point out, they will not be able to form any marketing schedule for their stones until a comprehensive inventory of all grades and sizes are on hand.
For some time previous to this they had already operated with success, as a registered mining company, mining beryl, lithium ores and tantalite in the Buhera district and in the vicinity of the emerald claims.
Neither did they stumble on the emeralds by chance; working on practical geological knowledge and sound theory, they came to the area to find beryl and found it - together with lithium and tantalite and the first indication of low grade emerald - within a week of pitching camp at Sandawana Valley in October 1956.
Sandawana is an animal, a little bigger than a mouse, belonging to African mythology - the minutest part of it is supposed to bring the owner the greatest good fortune, and hairs reputed to come from the animal are sold by African medicine men at high prices.