So I toiled in a creek near the house (near hatcher) for an hour or so with the family and classified two five gallon buckets of 'pay dirt'.
Took it back to the house and ran the dirt through the sluice. We were finding very small shiny red stones ranging from deep red to more of a pink color. May have found some VERY small flecks of gold.
I don't have a pic now, but what is the likelihood that what we found was actually rubies?