For case in point, just after acquiring their employment and education upended by the pandemic in the spring, Frank and Kyndall Stallings, 22 and 27, of Charleston, Mo., pivoted to digging for crystals.
“It all began in February, when Frank took me to the diamond mine in Arkansas for Valentine’s Day,” mentioned Ms. Stallings, of the couple’s stop by to a $10-a-working day community mine termed Crater of Diamonds Condition Park in Murfreesboro.
While they didn’t bring residence a diamond, they did uncover a tiny piece of quartz. The encounter was a thrill of lifetime-modifying proportions. By mid-March, Mr. Stallings’s work as a financial adviser had slowed noticeably, Mrs. Stallings’s courses for a bachelor’s degree in horticulture experienced long gone remote, and a job she experienced not long ago been provided — details entry at a hospital — never began.
With their newfound time, the Stallingses have been mining nearly each working day.
By mid-April, the few had sold all the things they owned on Facebook, burned anything they couldn’t market in a bonfire, packed up their truck and hit the highway to perform as freelance crystal miners.
“Fifty dollars a day to dig, and if you dig genuinely hard you find $2,000, $3,000, $5,000 really worth of crystals,” Mr. Stallings said, referring to Ron Coleman Mining, a crystal mine in Arkansas in which the couple recently unearthed a “once in a lifetime” 15-pound clear quartz issue, which they later marketed for $1,500.