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Father-Daughter Duo Finds 2-Carat Uncut Diamond

| by David Bonner
Lauren and Dan FrederickLauren and Dan Frederick

A duo of gem-hunters from Washington found a 2-carat uncut diamond in Arkansas on Oct. 10.

Dan Frederick and his daughter, Lauren, found the diamond after less than an hour of searching at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, reports the Palm Beach Post.

“It really was the cherry on top of a fun and special trip with my dad,” said Lauren, who has searched with her father all over the country for gemstones. She chose the Arkansas park after doing some online research about where to find gems.

“Crater of Diamonds offers park visitors a one-of-a-kind experience—the adventure of hunting for real diamonds,” boasts the park’s official website. “You’ll search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world's eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If you find a diamond, it is yours to keep.

Exclaiming that the lucky find “will be one of my favorite memories,” Lauren said. She added that she is “still kind of in shock” that it was so easy to find “something as big and beautiful as our Lucky Diamond.”

Although the value of the diamond is undisclosed, park interpreter Betty Coors notes: “This is an example of a diamond that all park visitors dream of taking home.”

However, it’s far from the largest diamond that has been discovered at the park. In 2015, a visitor unearthed an 8.52-carat gem, which is the fifth-largest diamond ever found at the park, notes CNN.  

The most significant diamond ever found at the park is described on the website:

On permanent display in the visitor center at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park, the site where this splendid stone was discovered, the Strawn-Wagner Diamond is the most perfect diamond the American Gem Society (AGS) ever certified in its laboratory. Found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in 1990 by Shirley Strawn of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, this diamond weighed 3.03 carats in the rough.

More than 30 diamonds were discovered at the park in 2015, notes the Daily Mail. Since diamonds were first discovered at the park’s location in 1906, more than 75,000 diamonds have been found.

Sources: Daily Mail, Crater of Diamonds State Park / Photo credit: Arkansas State Parks via Daily Mail

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