14-Year-Old Finds 3.85 Carat Yellow Diamond at Arkansas Park

It’s been a good year for young diamond hunters at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Last week, 14-year-old Tana Clymer found a 3.85 ct. canary yellow diamond at the Murfreesboro, Ark.-based tourist attraction known for letting visitors search for diamonds and keep what they find.

The yellow piece of rough is described as teardrop shaped and the size of a jellybean.

The find came after two hours of digging and sorting for Clymer.

“I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,” the Oklahoma City teen said in a statement. “Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble.”

“I think God pointed me to it,” she added. “I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond.” 

The gem has since been named God’s Jewel.

The 3.85 ct. canary yellow diamond

“No two diamonds are alike, and each diamond finder’s story is unique, too,” assistant park superintendent Bill Henderson said in a statement. “Tana told me that she was so excited, she couldn’t sleep last night. She’s either going to keep the diamond for a ring, or, if it’s worth a lot, she’ll want that for college.”

Her gem is the 396th diamond found at the park so far this year. On average, two diamonds are found a day by visitors. 

In July, Michael Dettlaff, 12, of Apex, N.C., discovered a 5.16 ct. brown at the park.

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