Oklahoma Teen Finds Valuable Diamond at Arkansas State Park
Have you heard the old cliche "Finders keepers, losers weepers?" Well, that is the motto of Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park. The only public diamond mine in the World! Tana Clymer of Oklahoma City is very familiar with that saying. She recently found a 3.85 carat diamond at the park.
Tana, who is 14, and her parents traveled to the park recently on vacation from their Oklahoma City home. The park is an eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater and the only diamond-bearing site open to the public. Tana stated she had been digging and sifting through dirt in the 37-acre park for about two hours when something caught her eye.
"I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper," Tana said, according to the Arkansas State Parks website.
It was a jellybean-size, teardrop-shaped, yellow stone.
"Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble," she said. "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."
Tana told a local news channel that she will use the money she makes from the sale of the diamond to pay for her college tuition. Experts estimate it to be worth up to $10,000.
This canary diamond is very similar to the gem-quality, 4.21-carat canary diamond found by another resident of Oklahoma in 2006 - Oklahoma State Trooper Marvin Culver of Nowata, found the gem and named it the Okie Dokie Diamond.
Tana named her diamond "God's Jewel," park officials said. Park experts evaluated the diamond and told her it was a 3.85-carat canary diamond.