Arkansas man finds 3.29-carat
An Arkansas man found a 3.29-carat brown diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park earlier this month. It is the largest diamond found in the park. From September 2021Said in Park One Statement.
David Anderson, a regular visitor to the park, found the diamond on March 4 while searching the soil in the park’s 37.5-acre diamond prospecting area. He named his discovery BUD, which he called “big, ugly diamond”.
Anderson said he initially thought the rock was quartz. It was identified as a gray diamond with a pit surface. Brown, yellow and white diamonds are the most common ones found in the Crater of Diamonds Park.
“Mr. Anderson’s diamond is about the size of an English pea, with a light brown color and an octahedron,” park spokesman Taylor Markham said in a park statement. “It has a metallic luster typical of all diamonds found in the park, with a partially reworked surface and many inclusions.”
The park was built in 1972 but the diamond field was found in 1906. Since then, more than 75,000 diamonds have been found there. Since 2007, Anderson has found more than 400 diamonds, 15 of which weigh more than one carat, the park said in a statement. He has also received a 3.83 carat yellow diamond in 2011 and a 6.19 carat white diamond in 2014. Anderson typically sells his diamonds locally, Park said, and plans to do the same for this stone.
As of March 2023, 124 diamonds were recorded as having been found in the state park that year. On average, visitors find one to two diamonds each day, the park said.
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