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An Oklahoma City teenager got lucky Saturday when she dug up a 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.
According to KOCO News, 14-year-old Tana Clymer dug around in the dirt for two hours before she found a jellybean-size yellow diamond. “I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,” she said. “Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble.”
"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 superintendent.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only site in the United States that the public can visit to look for diamonds. Clymer’s diamond was the 396th diamond found so far this year – a large number due to the heavy rains the state has experienced this year upturning the soil. About 2 diamonds are found every day by visitors. According to the Associated Press, people also find other gems at the park, including amethyst, garnet, peridot, jasper, agate, calcite, barite and quartz. The first diamond was found at the site in 1906 – since then over 75,000 diamonds have been discovered.
Henderson said of Clymer’s find, “No two diamonds are alike, and each diamond finder’s story is unique, too. She’s either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it’s worth a lot, she’ll want that for college.”