(MENAFN) A man from Arkansas made a remarkable discovery earlier this month at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. David Anderson, a regular visitor to the park, found a 3.29-carat brown diamond on Mar. 4 while searching through soil in the park's 37.5-acre diamond search area. The park authorities confirmed that this is the largest diamond found in the park since September 2021.
Anderson initially thought the stone was quartz, but he later identified it as a diamond with a pitted surface. The diamond has a metallic shine that is typical of all diamonds found at the park, with a partially resorbed surface and many inclusions. Brown, yellow, and white diamonds are the most commonly found ones in the Crater of Diamonds park. Anderson named his discovery B.U.D., which stands for "Big, Ugly Diamond."
The Crater of Diamonds State Park, formed in 1972, is a popular destination for visitors hoping to strike it rich. Since the discovery of the diamond field in 1906, over 75,000 diamonds have been found at the park. Anderson is a seasoned prospector, having found more than 400 diamonds since 2007, including 15 weighing over one carat. He also found a 3.83-carat yellow diamond in 2011 and a 6.19-carat white gem in 2014. Anderson typically sells his diamonds locally, and he has the same plans for his latest discovery.
As of March 2023, 124 diamonds were registered as having been found at the state park this year, with an average of one to two diamonds being discovered by visitors each day. However, Anderson's find stands out due to its size and the rarity of brown diamonds in the park.
Despite the excitement surrounding this discovery, the park authorities urge visitors to follow park rules and regulations while searching for diamonds. They also remind visitors that diamond hunting is not an easy task, and finding a diamond requires hard work, patience, and a bit of luck.
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