Tana Clymer and her family from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma decided to experience Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park this weekend, and they now have a story to share.
During their first visit to the Crater of Diamonds in Hope, state officials said Tana found a 3.85-carat canary diamond, Saturday (Oct. 19) while surface searching over the park’s 37.5-acre search area. The yellow diamond is teardrop shaped and about the size of a jellybean.
Tana said she’d been digging and sifting in the dirt for about two hours, then surface searching for 10 minutes, when she noticed the diamond on the surface of the search field.
“I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper,” she said. “Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble.” Tana told park officials, “I think God pointed me to it. I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond.”
The park’s policy is finder-keepers.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is on Arkansas Highway 301 at Murfreesboro. It is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.