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Oklahoma City teen finds 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, found a 3.85-carat canary diamond Saturday at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. The park allows tourists to search for precious stones and keep what they find. The diamond could be worth thousands of dollars.
BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com Modified: October 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm •  Published: October 20, 2013

/articleid/3895864/1/pictures/2245215">Photo - The God's Gem diamond, found Saturday at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas by 14-year-old Tana Clymer, of Oklahoma City, sits next to a U.S. quarter. The 3.8-carat canary diamond is gem quality and could be worth thousands of dollars. Photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park <strong></strong>
The God's Gem diamond, found Saturday at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas by 14-year-old Tana Clymer, of Oklahoma City, sits next to a U.S. quarter. The 3.8-carat canary diamond is gem quality and could be worth thousands of dollars. Photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park

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.


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