Susie Clark recently learned how to make a vacation profitable after finding a 3.69 carat diamond in Crater of Diamonds State Park. By her account, she didn’t do it alone, a little help from God was also necessary.
Clark found the diamond, which is roughly the size of a pinto bean and worth about $20,000, on Thursday according to Time.
She called it her Hallelujah Diamond, because she found it after praying.
The Daily Mail reports she asked God, “Are you doing to bless me and let me find a diamond today?”
Shortly afterwards, Clark saw the diamond sticking out of the dirt in the park’s South Washing Pavilion search field. Park interpreter Waymon Cox described the find in a news release.
“This is the largest diamond found so far this year, and it’s the largest one found since April 16, 2014, when a 6.19-carat white diamond, named the Limitless Diamond, was found at the park.”
Susie Clark first came to the park 33 years ago with her mother and grandmother, but you might not have to be a regular to find hidden treasures.
Although the size and value of the Hallelujah Diamond make it a rare find, the 37.5 acre field is still flush with gems. Cox later added that 122 diamonds had been found in the park this year.
Furthermore, local News 8 reports that about 75,000 diamonds have been found in the area, including the largest diamond ever mined in the U.S., a 40.23-carat gem found in 1924.
The more interesting detail behind Susie Clark’s story might not be that she found the gem shortly after praying, but that the rains have greatly increased the odds of finding new diamonds in the field.
Cox explained the rain, “loosens the diamond-bearing soil which, along with rain erosion, brings more diamonds to the surface and helps park visitors’ chances of finding them.”
“With all the rain we’ve been seeing, along with this week’s plowing, there’s a good chance more diamonds will be found on the surface in the days to come.”
Visitors like Clark are allowed to keep whatever they find, and the park provides free registration and identification services.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a 14-year-old girl discovered a 3.85 carat diamond in the very same park two years ago. That gem wasn’t appraised on site, but according to the family, it might well be going to the teenager’s college education.
As for Susie Clark, she says that, for now, she’ll keep her diamond rather than selling it.
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