Vacationer uncovers 3-carat diamond in crater
The metallic brown gem was lying in the gravel, glinting in the sunlight, when Terry Staggs walked by. He has named his July 4 discovery the Patriot Diamond.
Terry Staggs spent nearly three hours combing the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., according to the Arkansas State Parks. He goes there about twice a year to look for gems but has never uncovered anything as large as the one he found on July 4 that he has named the Patriot Diamond.
How did he find it? Incredibly, it was just lying there in the gravel, sparkling in the sun. At least 50 people had walked by the same spot over several hours, The Richmond Register reported. But Staggs was able to catch a glint of sunlight off of the stone.
The Crater of Diamonds park has a 37.5-acre search area, a plowed field that is thought to be the surface of the No. 8 diamond-bearing deposit in the world. People who discover diamonds there are allowed to keep them, and about two diamonds are found every day, on average. More than 300 other gems have been uncovered there this year, but Staggs' discovery is the largest.
Park workers regularly plow the search site, spurring the natural erosion there. The largest diamond ever found at the park was a massive 16.4-carat white diamond unearthed in 1975.
Staggs' diamond doesn't look like the clear, sparkly gem you might expect to see. It's champagne brown and shaped like a shield. It has a golden-brown metallic look, park interpreter Waymon Cox said, according to a park news release.
How much is this gem worth? Staggs doesn't want to know. He told The Register that he won't even get it appraised. Instead, he's storing it away with his other diamond discoveries in a safe-deposit box.
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Looks like the park issues you a certificate of ownership too. How about that.
Looks like I found my next vacation spot! LOL!
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