The 71-year-old woman initially thought it was a piece of glass.
(Crater of Diamonds State Park )
A woman visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas earlier this month made the “find of a lifetime,” the uncovering of an almost 3-carat diamond, which she initially thought was a piece of glass.
The woman, who was identified as a 71-year-old tourist from Aurora, Colorado, was visiting the park with her husband, son and two grandchildren when she saw that the diamond just 10 minutes after the family began to search for the gems on the park.
According to a press release from the park on Tuesday, the woman “found the gem about halfway between the East Drain and the North Washing Pavilion in the park’s 37.5-acre diamond search area”, which it described as an “eroded surface of an ancient, diamond-bearing volcanic crater.”
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The woman said the diamond was “just lying on the surface.” Later, when she took the find to the Diamond Discovery Center in the park, officials confirmed they had found a 2.63-carat ice white diamond — the largest found at the park this year so far, according to the press release.
Surprisingly, “approximately one in five diamonds registered by park visitors is located at the top of the ground, including many of the largest ever found at the Crater of Diamonds,” Waymon Cox, park interpreter at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, said in the statement.
On the occasion of the diamond search area is plowed to loosen the soil and help with “natural erosion.” This process helps to unearth the gems and makes them easier to find.
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“I didn’t know what to think,” the Aurora resident said of the find, what is the size of pinto beans and is ” shaped somewhat like a fingernail,” says the press release.
“I was shocked,” she added.
It is not clear how much of the diamond may be worth the effort.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.