Updated: September 26, 2020 11:40:55 am
A man who visited a state park in south-western Arkansas found a 9.07-carat diamond that he initially picked up thinking it was glass.
According to news agency AP, 33-year-old bank manager Kevin Kinard from Maumelle in Arkansas discovered the second-largest diamond ever found in the 48-year history of the Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day.
According to the park officials, the largest diamond found from the park is the 16.37-carat white Amarillo Starlight, discovered in August 1975.
A press release from the park said that Kinard was with his friends, when he found the marble-sized crystal that had a rounded, dimpled shape.
“It kind of looked interesting and shiny, so I put it in my bag and kept searching. I just thought it might’ve been glass,” Kinard said while talking to New York Post.
It is customary for visitors to name their large Crater diamonds and Kinard decided to honour his friends and name it, “Kinard Friendship Diamond “.
“This latest diamond find is a testament to maintaining the diamond search area with a focus on sustaining the resource at Crater of Diamonds State Park, as well as creating the opportunity to find a diamond and make lifetime memories for all of our guests,” Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann said in a statement.
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