Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 15:06 IST
Unbelievable: Man finds 4.87 carat diamond, But there is a TWIST - Check
Since Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found a 9.07-carat brown diamond on Labor Day 2020, Evans' diamond is the largest find ever recorded at the park.
According to the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, an American citizen mistakenly believed a 4.87-carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park to be a piece of glass. According to a press statement, Evans and his girlfriend went to the park for the first time this spring. He saw what appeared to be a clear piece of glass a few feet distant on top of a plowed ridge, and within ten minutes of entering the park, he picked it up. Later that day, he went home after putting it in his pocket along with some other treasures. "Because it was so clear, I assumed it might be a piece of glass. I was genuinely unaware," Evans remarked. "We were picking up everything, thinking it was a diamond."
Fascinated by a transparent stone, Evans sought the expertise of the Gemological Institute of America. A few weeks later, excitement took the place of curiosity—his "glass" turned out to be a real diamond! Evans' son encouraged him to share his treasure with Crater of Diamonds State Park after seeing one of his discoveries there in the past. "While I get many emails from people wanting me to identify something they've found here, to my recollection, this is the first time someone has contacted me after they've had a diamond identified by the GIA," said Waymon Cox, assistant superintendent of the park. "I'm glad that Mr. Evans was able to bring his historic diamond back to the park to have it officially registered."
Since Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found a 9.07-carat brown diamond on Labor Day 2020, Evans' diamond is the largest find ever recorded at the park. Evans' diamond is fashioned like a pyramid and roughly the size of a jellybean. "It is amazing to see Mr. Evans' diamond. It's a whole crystal that reminds me of a lot of other big, white diamonds I've seen from this area in the past because of its stunning white color", Cox said.
Published December 22nd, 2023 at 15:06 IST