Colorado Woman Finds 2.63-Carat Diamond at State Park In Arkansas
Forget panning for gold in Colorado. Go to Arkansas and see if you can dig up a huge 2.63-carat diamond as a Colorado woman did.
The 71-year-old woman who didn't want her name revealed lives in Aurora, Colorado. She was with her family at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas when she found what she thought was a piece of interesting looking glass.
She gave it to her son who put it in his pocket while they continued to search for diamonds in the park's 37.5-acre diamond search area. It's a good thing he kept it because that 'glass' was actually a very large diamond.
A 9News report quoted the woman as saying "I was using a rock to scrape the dirt but don't know if I uncovered the diamond or not. It was just lying on the surface."
Later, when the woman showed the piece of 'glass' to park staff, they confirmed it was a diamond and let her know it was the largest diamond found at the park this year.
Crater of the Diamonds State Park is also where the largest diamond ever unearthed in the U.S. was found. That diamond is the 40.23-carat Uncle Sam.
The woman who found the diamond decided to name it Lichtenfels which she says means a rock between two lights. It is also the name of her hometown in Bavaria, Germany.