David Anderson, a frequent visitor to the park, said, “At first, I thought it was quartz, but I was confused as to why it was so shiny.”
An Arkansas guy in a state park recently discovered a massive 3.29-carat brown diamond.
The diamond was discovered by Murfreesboro resident David Anderson while wet-sifting soil in the 37.5-acre diamond search region of Crater of Diamonds State Park, according to a statement from the park.
David Anderson and the “Big, Ugly Diamond.” PHOTO: THE STATE PARKS OF ARKANSAS FACEBOOK
“At first, I thought it was quartz but wondered why it was so shiny,” he said in the release. “Once I picked it up, I realized it was a diamond!”
According to the park, Anderson’s find is the biggest diamond made there this year and the biggest stone since September 2021.
According to the park, Anderson has frequented it for the past 16 years. He found more than 400 diamonds during that period, including 15 larger than one carat.
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According to the park, he also discovered a 6.19-carat white diamond in April 2014 and a 3.83-carat yellow diamond in December 2011.
However, Anderson chose the unusual moniker “B.U.D.,” which means “Big, Ugly Diamond,” for the diamond discovered on March 4. Anderson was inspired by the gem’s mottled brown color and pitted surface.
The diamond is the size of an English pea, has an octahedron shape, and has a surface that has partly resorbed, according to Tayler Markham, a park interpreter.
The Big, Ugly Diamond. THE STATE PARKS OF ARKANSAS FACEBOOK
“Mr. Anderson’s diamond is about the size of an English pea, with a light brown color and octahedron shape,” Markham said in the press release. “It has a metallic shine typical of all diamonds found at the park, with a partially resorbed surface and many inclusions.”
According to its website, John Huddleston once possessed a farm now known as Crater of Diamonds State Park. Since 1906, more than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered there.
Although diamonds can be any color, according to the park’s website, the most typical colors are white, brown, and yellow, in that sequence.
This year, Crater of gems State Park has received reports of more than 120 gems. One to two diamonds per day are usually found by park visitors.
While viewing The Travel Channel in 2007, Anderson first became aware of the park. His first trip was successful because he discovered his first diamond, a 1.5-carat white diamond, which he claims inspired him to continue diamond searching.
“Congratulations, David, on another amazing discovery!” the park wrote on Facebook.
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