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Woman Finds 3.96-Carat Diamond In Arkansas State Park

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A visit to the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park resulted in a woman finding a 3.69-carat diamond about the size of a pinto bean.

Susie Clark found the diamond in a 37.5-acre search field on Thursday, reports The Daily Mail. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public.

Before searching the field, Clark said a prayer.

“Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?” Clark recited.

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Clark found the diamond sticking out of a ridge of plowed dirt.

Because she found the diamond after saying a prayer, she plans to name it the “Hallelujah Diamond,” reports TIME.

It has been 33 years since Clark visited the park for the first time with her mother and grandmother from Germany. On this trip, she was with her husband.

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said the heavy rain the park has experienced recently makes it an excellent time to search for diamonds since some of the soil has washed away.

“The gem is frosted white with a pearlescent metallic shine,” Cox said. “It's the largest one found since April 16, 2014.”

There have been 122 diamonds found in the park this year, and Cox expects more will be found soon given the heavy rains and the recent plowing of the field.

Clark plans to keep the diamond.

Sources: The Daily Mail, TIME / Photo Source: The Daily Mail

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