Oklahoma Teenager Finds 3.85-Carat Diamond At Arkansas State Park

on October 21, 2013 4:23 PM EDT

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14-year-old Tana Clymer of Oklahoma City, Okla., found a 3.85-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. (Photo: State Parks of Arkansas)

An Oklahoma teenager uncovered a 3.85-carat diamond over the weekend at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City was inspired to visit the park after she heard about 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff's discovery in August of a 5-carat diamond at the park, where visitors can search for diamonds. It only took Tana about two hours of poking around before she came upon the diamond, which was sitting in plain sight.

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"I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper," Tana told Oklahoma's News9. "Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble. I think God pointed me to it." Tana named her teardrop-shaped gem the God's Jewel diamond, and like all visitors to the park, Tana gets to keep her find.

"What an experience for Tana to remember the rest of her life!" said Assistant Park Superintendent Bill Henderson. "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." 

A diamond's value varies greatly depending on things like its clarity and color, so it's pointless to speculate about its value. But it would be safe to say that Tana's 3.85-carat diamond is worth many thousands of dollars.   

Henderson said that a majority of the diamonds this year have been found on the surface of the 37.5-acre search field, and not by those who spent their time digging. Heavy spring and summer rains washed a good bit of dirt away, exposing the diamonds.

Crater of Diamonds Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world which is open to the public. An average of two diamonds a day are found there, with Tana's find marking the 396th diamond found this year. Over 75,000 diamonds have been uncovered at the site since 1906, when the first diamonds were found there. Over 40 different semi-prescious stones and minerals including peridot, jasper, agate, and quartz can be found at the park.

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