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They Found A 2.03-Carat Diamond On The Ground — And They Get To Keep It!

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It’s the diamond that people “dream of taking home.”

A father and daughter from Washington state found a 2.03-carat white diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park — and it’s theirs to keep.

Dan Frederick of Renton, WA, and his daughter Lauren spotted the gem on the side of a plowed furrow on Oct. 3. They had traveled from the West Coast based on an internet search for “places to find gems.”

Park interpreter Betty Coors said: “Dan Frederick has proven, once again, that it is possible to find large, beautiful diamonds while surface searching. This is an example of a diamond that all park visitors dream of taking home.”

(You can watch an educational video about the state park below.)
The gem has been dubbed “The Lucky Diamond.”

Coors added: “The Lucky Diamond is pearly white in color. It appears to be a macle gem, a distinct triangular shape that results when two diamond crystals share part of the same structure during formation deep within the earth.”

Larger diamonds are occasionally found on top of the search area by park visitors. When rain washes dirt away, they are sometimes exposed to the surface.

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Dan and Lauren Frederick said they plan to keep their diamond. But they haven’t said what they will do with it.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds since 1906.
On its website, the park explains what visitors can expect:

“You’ll search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world’s eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If you find a diamond, it is yours to keep.”


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New York Daily News

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