MURFREESBORO, Ark. (UPI) — A father and daughter visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas took less than hour to find a massive 2.03-carat white diamond.
Dan Frederick and his daughter, Lauren, said they were visiting Arkansas from their home in Renton, Wash., when they went to the park about 8 a.m. Oct. 3 and discovered what has been dubbed “The Lucky Diamond.”
The father and daughter said they planned their trip to the park after searching the internet for “places to find gems.”
Dan Frederick said he spotted the reflection of light off the diamond just a few feet away from where he was standing.
“Dan Frederick has proven, once again, that it is possible to find large, beautiful diamonds while surface searching. This is an example of a diamond that all park visitors dream of taking home,” Park Interpreter Betty Coors said.
The family said they haven’t decided what to do with their diamond.
“My dad and I have always loved to hunt for gems; we’ve dug for sapphires and garnets and always search for agates when we’re on the Washington coast,” Lauren Frederick said.
“Naturally, we had always wanted to go to Arkansas to dig for diamonds. As much as we have talked about the trip and planned it out, I think we’re still kind of in shock that we found something as big and beautiful as our ‘Lucky Diamond.’ When we first found the diamond we kept looking up pictures on the Internet to make sure it was real and kept guessing what the weight would be (my guess was closest!). We were so excited with our find that we actually walked around the park for another seven hours with the diamond in my dad’s pocket, trying to find another one. It really was the cherry on top of a fun and special trip with my dad. Finding the diamond will be one of my favorite memories, especially since my dad and I found it together.”