When you’re searching for a 3 carat diamond ring, the last place you’d check is a state park. Yet that’s precisely what 14-year-old Tana Clymer did—and she succeeded!
On October 19, the Oklahoma teen’s family was on a visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park, when Tana decided to try her luck in the search field. After two hours, she saw something glinting in the ground.
“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!”
Tana’s extraordinary find was shaped like a tear drop and small enough to fit a 3 carat diamond ring, and it is known as a “canary gem” for its yellowish hue. The teen called it “God’s Jewel”.
The park’s assistant superintendent Bill Henderson said, “(Tana’s 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.”
“Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn’t sleep last night. She’s either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it’s worth a lot, she’ll want that for college,” Henderson added.
Tana wasn’t the only youngster to make a significant find in the park this year. Last July, a 12-year-old boy from North Carolina found a 5.16 carat diamond, which he named “God’s Glory Diamond”.
About Crater of Diamonds State Park
In an interview with National Geographic, park interpreter Waymon Cox said that visitors get to keep their finds, as long as they pay the entry fee of $7 for adults and $4 for kids aged 6-12. Equipment rentals come with additional charges.
Cox also explained the possible reason behind the abundance of gems worthy of a high-quality 3 carat diamond ring in the park: “There was a volcanic eruption about 100 million years ago that created an 83-acre crater here. That eruption brought rocks and minerals from the Earth’s mantle to the surface, and over time erosion has removed a lot of the lighter soil and left behind the heavier stuff, including diamonds and other gemstones.”
“Geologists had suspected there might be diamonds because the soil looked greenish, which meant it was a kind of volcanic soil called lamporite tuff, similar to the soil of diamond fields in South Africa.”
The Crater of Diamonds State Park is currently the world’s only diamond-producing site accessible to the public. Since 1906, park visitors have found gems like agate, amethyst, barite, calcite, garnet, jasper, peridot, quartz, and the Strawn-Wagner Diamond, which is famous for being the world’s only perfect diamond ever discovered.
“God’s jewel” is the 396th diamond found in the park in 2013.
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