Most teenagers who go to a state park with their parents for vacation are lucky to come home with a trophy fish. Tana Clymer brought home a 3.85-carat diamond that is likely worth thousands of dollars.
Tana, 14, of Oklahoma City, found the diamond Saturday afternoon at the Crater of Diamonds state park in Murfreesboro, Ark. She named the diamond “God's Jewel.”
The park includes a 37-acre area where visitors can search for diamonds and other precious stones. Finders keepers. There have been nearly 400 diamonds found at the park this year, but few are of the size and quality of the diamond Clymer found, said Joan Ellison, a spokeswoman for Arkansas State Parks.
“At first I thought it was a marble until I laid it in my hand,” Tana said. “Then, I knew it was something.”
Tana's mother, Amanda Giordano, said she had been begging her husband, Brian Giordano, to take the family to the park for years. They settled on a fall break trip to the park after he read about a boy finding a 5.15-carat diamond there in July.
They arrived about noon Saturday and began searching. Tana dug for a while but found nothing. After searching on the surface of the ground for about 10 minutes, she saw what she thought might be a wrapper of some kind.
She poked it with a stick and realized it might be something.
“She screamed at me, ‘Mama, mama I found something.'” Amanda Giordano said.