2.1 carat Andrea Birthday Diamond found by State Park visitor last week
Diamond is the birthstone of the month, and birthday girl Andrea Murphy celebrated her 30th with a trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Within 2 hours of being there she found herself a 2.1 carat brown diamond!
The category of colour is known as ice tea and was found in the East Drain area of the park. According to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks, “Because of their dark colour, brown diamonds are the most difficult to find, however this is the second large brown diamond found at the park in the last 2 weeks”. Once the staff at the park had confirmed her find to be a diamond and registered it, she decided to name it Andrea Birthday Diamond.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is unique in that it is open to the public, and patrons can keep any diamonds they find. This diamond is the 144th gem found this year and the 6th to be over a carat.
Diamonds have continuously been found at the site since 1906 with some large diamonds includine the world’s only perfect diamond, the “Strawn-Wagner Diamond” (1990), and the largest diamond discovered in the US at 40.23 carats, named “Uncle Sam” (1924). On average, 2 diamonds a day are found at the park.
The whole park is 911 acres and there is 37.5 acres of ploughed field forming the eroded surface of the East Drain area where Andrea’s diamond was found. The park is the 8th largest diamond bearing deposit in the world by surface area. Other gemstones found at the site include amethyst, garnet, peridot, jasper, agate, calcite, barite, and quartz.
At Secret Sapphire in Yaletown, GIA gemmologist Monica Tsao is qualified to validate your gemstones. If you have jewellery or loose stones that you have acquired and would like to know their quality and value, bring them in and she can test them for you… who knows, that brown stone that Grandma gave to you may actually be a diamond!
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