When Tana Clymer went on a family trip to an Arkansas park the last thing she expected to find was a 3.85-carat diamond. The fact that Tara is just 14-years-old makes the find even better.
The Clymer family were in the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park on Saturday when Tara noticed something shimmering in the ground. As Arkansas is the only diamond producing state which opens its parks to the public Tara went for a further investigation of the shining thing on the ground.
Tara told News9.com that she saw the 3.85-carat diamond having sifted through debris in the park for over two hours:
“I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper. 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!” She said.
The small rock is yellow in color and is the size of a jellybean in the shape of a teardrop. Park assistant Bill Henderson said:
“This canary 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.”
Henderson spoke of Tana’s delight when she found the jewel: “Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn’t sleep last night,” Henderson said Sunday. “She’s either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it’s worth a lot, she’ll want that for college.”
The park said that a number of diamonds had been discovered this year due to heavy rainfall which pushed away dirt, revealing the gems. Back in July a North Carolina boy found a massive 5.16-carat diamond while in the park; he named it “God’s Glory Diamond.”
Tana said that God helped her find the 3.85-carat diamond she named it “God’s jewel.” It is not clear how much the 3.85-carat diamond is worth as it still hasn’t been officially valued.