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Woman Finds 3.69-Carat Diamond at State Park

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Last time you went to a state park, what did you find? Maybe some sea glass or an interesting shell. Or maybe you just found a beautiful mountain view and some serenity. What you likely didn’t find is a giant diamond. Well, in Arkansas, that’s exactly what one woman recently discovered.

Susie Clark and her husband were staying at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The park is famous for patrons discovering diamonds in its fields, although they’re normally miniscule ones. On her last day of searching after finding nothing, Clark said a little prayer. It’s safe to say her prayer was answered. Clark discovered a 3.69-carat clear, tear-shaped diamond in one of the freshly plowed fields at the park. Clark appropriately named her gem the Hallelujah Diamond. Lucky for her, the park has a finders-keepers policy. And it’s not only Clark who has benefited from this policy.

Last April, an unnamed visitor discovered the Limitless Diamond, a 6.19-carat white diamond. The year before that, a 14-year-old girl named Tana Clymer found a 3.85-karat canary yellow diamond in the fields while searching with her family. She went on to sell the remarkable stone for $20,000. What makes some park goers so lucky? While it’s hard to say exactly why good fortune falls on some and not others, there are several factors that can contribute.

In a release from the park, Park Interpreter Waymon Cox described why now is a good time to look for diamonds. Recent rainfall, coupled with the staff plowing the diamond field, made conditions just right for a find.

“Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search area, leaving them exposed. And when the sun comes out, they’ll sparkle and be noticed,” Cox said.

So, if you love diamonds, and you were looking for a road trip this summer, you may have just found your destination. Or better yet, wait until fall when the rains begin again. If the conditions are just right, you could walk away with a giant gem.

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