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A vacation school teacher, just recently, a 2.12-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
Josh Lanik, a 36-year-old teacher from Hebron, Neb., just found the diamond after only two hours of searching, on July 24, according to Arkansas State Parks.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., visitors can search for real diamonds at their original volcanic source. “A rock or mineral you find is yours to keep,” the park says on its website.
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“We have the kids to look out for the amethyst, Canary Hill, and I was walking through an area where it seemed to be a lot of water for the crops, when I saw it,” Lanik explained, in a statement released by Arkansas State Parks. “It was obvious there was something different about it. I didn’t see the glare, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed that there are no sharp edges.”
The 2.12-carat brown diamond found by Josh Lanik. (Arkansas State Parks)
After Lanik took can be found in the park is the Diamond Discovery Center, the staff confirmed that the stone was the largest found at the site this year. Some of 296 diamonds have been recorded in the park, and this year, with a total weight of 53.94 carat. The diamonds with a weight of at least one carat and accounted for 11 out of the precious stones have been found.
For the Record-breaking rainfall is likely to have played a role in the Lanik love it. “About 14 inches of rain fell in the park, on the 16th of July. In the days after the rain, the staff at the park and recorded a range of precious stones, to be found to the right of the area of search and rescue missions, including two weighing more than one carat,” said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox in a statement. “Mr. Lanik’s gem was about the size of a jelly bean, and has a dark brown colour, very similar to cognac. It has a nice, natural pear shape, and a smooth, curved facets of the gem with a metallic sheen.”
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Lanik said that he was going to keep the gem for now, and has been, a title of the Lanik Family Trade.
The teacher, Josh Lanik is discovered that the gem was in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
(Arkansas State Parks)
In 2013, a 12-year-old boy unearthed a 5.16-carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States of america, was unearthed at the site in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats. The boy was given the name of “Uncle Sam.”
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More than 33,100 diamonds are found by visitors to the park since the Crater of Diamonds became an Arkansas state park in 1972.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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