Gem of a day: Arkansas park visitor finds 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond on July 4

Credit: State Parks of Arkansas

Gem of a day: Arkansas park visitor finds 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond on July 4

July 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM EDT

It was a gem of a day on the Fourth of July for a Kentucky man who was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Quite literally.

According to a news release from the State Parks of Arkansas, Terry Staggs found a 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond while searching at the park on the morning of July 4.

The diamond is the largest of the 304 found at the park by visitors so far this year.

According to the news release from the State Parks of Arkansas:

According to Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, the diamond is stunning in its rough form, just as the forces of nature created it. “Mr. Staggs’ diamond appears to be a complete crystal and is shaped like a shield. It’s about the size of an English Pea and has a golden brown metallic appearance,” said Cox. “The diamond looks similar in shape to the 4.21-carat yellow Okie Dokie Diamond, which was discovered by Oklahoma State Trooper Marvin Culver at the Crater of Diamonds in 2006.”

Staggs found the diamond while walking the East Drain section of the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area and checking out everything that sparkled. The diamond caught his attention after he’d been surface searching for about two and one half hours.

Cox noted that the colors of diamonds found at the park are white, brown, and yellow, in that order. “Because of their color, brown diamonds are often difficult to find in the dark dirt of the diamond search area. However, sunny weather conditions on July 4th were perfect for this sparkler to catch Mr. Staggs’ attention as he searched,” said Cox. “Mr. Staggs’ gem was found in gravel on the surface of the East Drain area. Sunlight reflecting off the diamond made it stand out from the other stones.”

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