Teen finds 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas state park
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This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, with a 3.85-carat canary diamond she discovered Saturday Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park. (AP/Crater of Diamonds State Park)
This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows a 3.85-carat canary diamond discovered by Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, Saturday Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. (AP)
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MURFREESBORO, Ark. – A 14-year-old
Oklahoma City girl unearthed a 3.85-carat diamond during a family visit
to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Tana Clymer discovered the canary gem Saturday at the park, which is
the only diamond-producing site in the United States that is open to the
Tana told News9.com she noticed something on the surface of the
ground after sifting through the search field for about two hours.
"I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,"
Tana said. "Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble. 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!"
The yellow diamond is teardrop-shaped and about the size of a jellybean.
"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," said Bill Henderson, assistant park
Tana named the diamond "God's Jewel," park officials said.
"Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn't sleep last
night," Henderson said Sunday. "She's either going to keep the diamond
for a ring, or, if it's worth a lot, she'll want that for college."
Many diamonds have been found close to the surface so far this year,
Henderson said, noting that heavy rainfall pushes dirt away, leaving the
In July, a 12-year-old North Carolina boy unearthed a 5.16 carat diamond while on vacation with his family at the park. He named it "God's Glory Diamond."
Her gem is the 396th diamond found so far this year at the park in
southern Arkansas. 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 largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed at the site in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats.
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