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Teen sells 3.85-carat diamond found in Arkansas park


Teen sells 3.85-carat diamond found in Arkansas park

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 11, 2014

Visitors come to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park to dig for gemstones, but a 14-year-old Oklahoma girl didn’t really expect to find one on her family’s visit there last October. After two hours of digging, Tana Clymer was about to give up when she saw what she at first thought was a candy wrapper. Turns out, it was a 3.85-carat canary diamond, which a park employee told her at the time could be worth anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000. The diamond is about the size and shape of a jellybean. 

Now, she's sold her lucky find for $20,000. Clymer plans to use the money from the sale of the diamond for college.
Crater of Diamonds is the only diamond-producing site in the United States that is open to the public, according to Fox News, which reports many diamonds have been found close to the surface so far this year, something assistant park superintendent Bill Henderson attributes to heavy rainfall, which pushes dirt away leaving more diamonds exposed.
Clymer’s gem is the 396th diamond found so far this year at the park in southern Arkansas, according to Fox. “Other gems discovered at the state park include amethyst, garnet, peridot, jasper, agate, calcite, barite and quartz. More than 75,000 diamonds have been found at the site since the first discovery in 1906 by John Huddleston, the farmer who owned the land at the time. The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed at the site in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats.”
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.