INTRODUCTION: A giant gemstone weighting about 750 kilograms (1,650 pounds) has been found by a prospector 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Leonora in the north-eastern region of Western Australia.
SV Reporter sitting on jade stone ZOOM IN TO CU stone.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Owner Bill Trythall.(2 SHOTS)
CU Stone and CU owner Bill Trythall listening to question.
CU Trythall answering question and various shots of stone. (4 SHOTS)
CU Jade bracelet PULL BACK TO jade and reporter speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
ARNOLD: "I am sitting on the world's biggest piece of Australian jade. It may look a bit more like a piece of fossilized cauliflower but it's worth nearly quarter of a million dollars. When you are talking that sort of money, you would expect it to be guarded or in a vault but instead, it's been in this back yard for a year. It's a piece of nodular chrysoprase and weighs about three-quarters of a ton so its owner Bill Trythall is not worried about thieves sneaking off with it in the middle of the night. Six men couldn't budge this. Bill, how did you come across the gemstone?"
TRYTHALL: (SEQ 4): "Quite by accident, really. We were mining for magnesite - there's a fairly big deposit in this area - and this big gemstone popped up and we got the shock of our lives."
ARNOLD: (SEQ 5): "Do you think it will turn into a lot of little jewellery pieces, or what would you like to see done with it?"
TRYTHALL: "No, I think it should be kept as a museum piece or something like that."
ARNOLD: "How come you kept it so long?"
TRYTHALL: "We're pretty casual people in Kalgoorlie and we weren't very worried about it until someone stirred up the fuss about it about a fortnight ago and we have been very busy ever since with it."
ARNOLD: "Chrysoprase is usually transformed into jewellery such as this unique specimen, its future is unknown. Sandy Arnold in Kalgoorlie for Seven National News."
REPORTER: SANDRA ARNOLD
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A giant gemstone weighting about 750 kilograms (1,650 pounds) has been found by a prospector 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Leonora in the north-eastern region of Western Australia. It is claimed to be the largest gemstone ever found. It is a chrysoprase stone which is known as Australian jade. The find was made near the site of an old goldfield by Mr. Bill Trythall and is thought to be worth about a quarter of a million Australia dollars. This report on the lucky strike comes from TVW channel Seven reporter Sandra Arnold.