Oklahoma teen finds jellybean-sized yellow canary diamond
Tana Clymer, 14, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., on Saturday when she found the glittering rock. Its appraisal value wasn’t immediately known, but could be worth around $50,000 to $60,000.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — especially if you’re a sharp-eyed 14-year-old.
Oklahoma teen Tana Clymer made a stunning discovery Saturday when she came across a 3.85-carat canary diamond while touring Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.
The park lives up to its name and is home to more than 75,000 of the sought-after sparklers.
Clymer was with her family and didn’t think much of the rock — with its distinct yellow color — when she spied it in the dirt.
“I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,” she told park officials. “Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble.”
The Oklahoma City girl said she credits God for helping her find the diamond, which followed about two hours of sifting and searching through the park’s volcanic soil.
“I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look,” Clymer added. “Then, I found the diamond!”
The value of the jellybean-sized bling isn’t clear, although the family has stored the prized piece in a safety deposit box.
Park officials say it could be worth tens of thousands of dollars if it’s legit.
The sparkly souvenir that Clymer found is similar to a 4.21-carat rock discovered in 2006. That one was appraised for about $50,000 to $60,000, said Bill Henderson, assistant park superintendent.
“It appears to be of the same quality,” Henderson told the Daily News on Tuesday. “This particular yellow canary will knock your eyes out. The color is so brilliant.”
He added that Clymer had tears in her eyes when they told her the diamond’s potential value. She said she may turn the diamond into a ring or use it to help pay for college.
Nearly 400 diamonds have been dug up at the 37-acre Arkansas state park this year.
The last high-profile find was in July, when a 12-year-old North Carolina boy plucked a 5.16-carat rock he nicknamed “God’s Glory Diamond.”
Henderson said the “finders, keepers” policy at the park is a big draw for visitors.
“Everyone’s hoping to hit pay dirt,” he added.
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