Bob Wehle of Wisconsin made a big score vacationing October 14th at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He found a 5.47-carat canary yellow diamond. Visitors to the park can search and keep any stones they find.
The diamond Wehle found is bright yellow and is the second-largest diamond found this year at the park. It has no apparent eye-visible flaws. (The largest stone found this year was a 6.35-carat brown diamond found in September by a Texas couple.)
"At first glance, it makes you think of lemon drop candy," said Tom Stolarz, park superintendent.
Here's something to muddle your brain:
Bill Henderson, assistant park superintendent, said park officials don't estimate values of the stones found by visitors. But he said Wehle's gem was identical in quality to — but larger than — a 4.21-carat flawless canary diamond found in the park in March that was valued by a New York diamond expert at $15,000 to $60,000.
Huh? An expert valued it at $15K to $60K? Huh? Can't an expert, um, expertly get a bit closer to a value?
Still, pretty neat stuff, right?
Also, the Yahoo! article reminds us that the largest diamond ever discovered in the US was also found in Arkansas in 1924. Dubbed the Uncle Sam, it was a white diamond weighing 40.23 carats.