Avid seeker finds 3.86-carat diamond at state park

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 6:39 PM
Avid seeker finds 3.86-carat diamond at state park

Sifting through the dirt at Crater of Diamonds State Park, a regular visitor turned up the biggest find of the year: a 3.86-carat jewel dubbed the "Heart of Arkansas."

Park interpreter Waymon Cox describes the diamond found Thursday as the size of a piece of candy corn, with a pearly white shine.

The park isn't sure how much the gem is worth. Cox said a 2-carat diamond found three years ago was later cut and appraised for nearly $22,000.

A longtime visitor to the park from Murfreesboro, where the park is located, found the diamond. He's asked to remain anonymous.

The park calls itself the world's only public diamond-producing site. Cox says it usually yields about five to seven large diamonds a year.