Thoughts along the 8 hour trek to the mines

I'm full of hope and anticipation. Will we get anything high quality? Is there ANY chance I can get a darker color that can be cut into my engagement ring?! Do I dare hope it can be cut in the shape I want? My hope is high but full of caution- chances are extremely low. Gem hunting is hard. As my gemologist guide explained, it's like playing the lottery- everything might suggest the rough is good, but you could get nothing. And you don't know what they'll have that day- it's A LOT of luck as well.

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