A Phys Ed teacher found a really cool surprise visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas while on vacation with his family.

After paying the $32 entrance fee, he and his family rented some equipment, and took a class teaching them how to sift for diamonds. After that they were free to wander the park and start searching for themselves.

At first, he said he wasn’t sure of what he had found, but he knew it was something unique. “It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it. I saw the shine, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed there weren’t any sharp edges.”

Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas State Parks


After showing the gem to his wife, who was searching nearby, she dropped it into a brown paper sack with several other rocks and minerals. Then when they were done searching they took the sack in to the Diamond Discovery Center to have the items identified. And that's when they found out that they had found a 2.12 carat diamond.

It's no where near worth what a regular diamond would be worth. There's a fissure across the back, that you would lose significant size of it if you were to cut it. It's valued at less than $5,000 but to him and his family... it's priceless.

"We are in the process of finding a jeweler to make a ring out of it. And then we'll pass it down to our boys. It'll make for a funny story."

296 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park so far in 2019, weighing a total of 53.94 carats. 11 diamonds registered this year have weighed at least one carat each.

Read more at CNN.


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