They still had no idea just how big Tana's find was. They continued their visit to the park, arriving at the center where experts help identify tourists' finds just before it closed.
Workers took the stone back for testing. The family thought something might be going on when more and more workers were called back to look at the stone.
Finally, they got the news. The 3.85-carat canary diamond is gem quality. The park doesn't do appraisals, but a similar diamond found in 2006 went for $30,000.
“I kept asking my dad if I was dreaming,” Tana said. “I cried. I couldn't believe it.”
Tana said she and her parents are going to have the diamond appraised Monday and will put it in a safe-deposit box until they decide what to do with it.
Amanda Giordano said Tana is leaning toward selling the gem and saving the money for college.
“It's up to her what she wants to do with it,” Giordano said. “She was so humbled by all of it. She said a prayer right after she found it.”
Tana said she's only told a handful of friends about her find. She said she feels like she's won the lottery but doesn't know how much her ticket is worth.
“My dad keeps telling me not to get my hopes up, but it's too late for that,” Tana said.