4.49-carat yellow diamond found in U.S. park

November 10, 2020

A 4.49-carat canary-yellow diamond has been found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Photo courtesy Arkansas State Parks[1]
A 4.49-carat canary-yellow diamond has been found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
Photo courtesy Arkansas State Parks

Just two months after the discovery of a 9.07-carat diamond[2], Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park has produced another remarkable find.

On Halloween, park visitor and self-proclaimed ‘newbie’ hunter, Steven McCool, recovered a 4.49-carat canary-yellow diamond while wet sifting in the site’s Canary Hill area.

“As my eyes were panning to it, I was thinking it could be an amber piece of glass, like an old Coke bottle,” he says. “Once I focused on it, though, I knew it was a diamond. I was like, ‘No way!’”

[3]McCool’s diamond—which he has dubbed ‘BamMam Diamond’ in honour of his children—is the park’s third-largest found this year, officials say.

“Mr. McCool’s find is a 4.49-carat sparkling, canary-yellow diamond that is about the size of a jellybean and seems to have great clarity,” says Meghan Moore, the assistant superintendent of Crater of Diamonds State Park. “It is a stunning diamond.”

She added that finding a diamond of that size while wet sifting is unusual.

“It is extraordinarily rare to catch a diamond in the top screen of a screen set,” Moore says. “The mesh size of the top screen is larger and typically used to catch and remove bigger pieces of gravel; not diamonds.

“The average diamond size found wet sifting a quarter of a carat. Typically, larger diamonds are found by surface searching.”

For more, click here[4].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SA_Arkansas.jpg
  2. the discovery of a 9.07-carat diamond: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/diamonds/9-07-carat-diamond-found-at-arkansas-park/
  3. [Image]: https://www.jewellerybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SA_Arkansas2.jpg
  4. here: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/visitor-finds-449-carat-diamond-crater-diamonds-state-park

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