An Oklahoma City teen returned from a family vacation with a sparkly souvenir.
Tana Clymer, 14, who visited Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Saturday afternoon with her family uncovered a 3.85-carat diamond, The Oklahoman reports.
“At first I thought it was a marble until I laid it in my hand,” Clymer said. “Then, I knew it was something.”
Clymer found the diamond, which she nicknamed “God’s Jewel” in the 37-acre area of the state park where visitors can sift for diamonds, and keep anything they find. Nearly 400 diamonds have been found this year, but few are the size or quality that Clymer unearthed, Joan Ellison, a spokeswoman for Arkansas State Parks, said.
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“I think God pointed me to it. I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond!" Clymer told News9 about her find.
The canary diamond, named for its yellowish hue, was sent for testing, which revealed the 3.85-carat diamond was gem quality. While it hasn’t been appraised, a similar diamond found in 2006 was sold for $30,000.
"This canary diamond is very similar to the gem-quality, 4.21-carat canary diamond found at the Crater of Diamonds by Oklahoma State Trooper Marvin Culver of Nowata, Oklahoma, on March 12, 2006, a gem he named the Okie Dokie Diamond," Assistant Park Superintendent Bill Henderson said in a statement, adding that Culver’s find was more egg shaped while Clymer’s resembles a teardrop.
The Crater of Diamonds at Diamonds State Park is the eighth-largest diamond deposit in the world and the only diamond producing site open to the public. About two diamonds are found each day by park visitors, with more than 75,000 found in all since the site was founded in 1906. Regular plowing and erosion caused by heavy rains help bring rock, diamonds and gems to the surface.
Amanda Giordano, Clymer’s mother, had been asking her husband to take the family to the state park for years. When they arrived on Saturday afternoon, Clymer began digging in the dirt for two hours, then sifted the ground’s surface for about 10 minutes when she spotted the diamond.
“I kept asking my dad if I was dreaming,” Clymer said. “I cried. I couldn't believe it.”
Clymer’s is the park’s 396th diamond found this year. "No two diamonds are alike, and each diamond finder's story is unique, too,” Henderson said. “Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn't sleep last night. She's either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it's worth a lot, she'll want that for college."