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3.92-carat diamond found last week in AR

Last night a friend and I were talking about a diamond recently discovered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas and I learned that he has has recently read a book on the history of the park and is planning to visit it sometime soon.

From a web page about the park:

"Keep what you find at the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public! ... Here, you are invited to prospect in the park's diamond search area, a 37-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe that, 95 million years ago, brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today."

The largest diamond ever found in the United States, a 40-carat white stone named Uncle Sam, was unearthed there in 1924. More than 700 diamonds have been found at the park this year. Just last week, Eric Blake of Appleton, WI, found a 3.92-carat white diamond along a trail at Crater of Diamonds State Park when he set down a bucket of mud he was carrying to a wash basin. "I put the bucket down to switch hands. I looked down and there it was," Blake said.

If you'd like to see a photo of the diamond found by Eric Blake, see the following page:

If that page has expired, here's a link to google search results which will take you to multiple pages featuring the same photo of the diamond:

Rock on!

From Jerry Ferrin - October 27, 2007 at 11:27:26

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