Arkansan Finds Stunning 2.04-carat Yellow Diamond Dubbed "Easter Sunrise Diamond" at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Murfreesboro -- Glenn Worthington of Springdale has visited Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, many times over the past 30 years. His time spent prospecting in the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area has been rewarded many times with diamond finds. However, all of his diamonds except for one have weighed under a carat. Yesterday afternoon Worthington discovered the largest of all his diamond finds, a stunning 2.04-carat canary diamond he named the Easter Sunrise Diamond.

Worthington was washing gravel that he’d dug out of the park’s east drain, a low area in the park’s diamond search area, when he found the yellow diamond in his screen. It was in the last bucket he planned to wash before shutting down for the Easter weekend. The diamond has a smooth, lustrous surface with no cracks or internal spots of graphite. It is an elongated, complete crystal that would yield itself well to a marquise cut, but Glenn and his wife Cindy do not plan to cut or sell this special diamond. They are going to keep their diamond and enjoy it in its natural form. Worthington dubbed his bright yellow stone the Easter Sunrise Diamond because that is what he thought of when he saw it glowing up at him from his screen full of gravel.

Worthington noted that he has produced a DVD that teaches others how to find diamonds in Arkansas and has written a book about the history of the Crater of Diamonds, but this large a diamond find has eluded him for decades. His said that his fellow diamond mining enthusiasts have all congratulated him on yesterday’s find.

Margi Jenks, one of the park geological interpreters on staff at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, noted, “It is Glenn’s persistence and passion for the Crater of Diamonds State Park that finally paid off with this beautiful gem.”

According to Park Superintendent Tom Stolarz, “The gem’s canary color is a bright yellow, very remindful of the yellow on an American Goldfinch.”

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. The three most common colors found at the park are white, brown and yellow, in that order.

Stolarz said that canary diamonds are often found at the park and are included in the list of the Crater of Diamond’s notable diamond finds. Because of the brightness of their yellow color, canary diamonds are sometimes referred to as lemon or lemon drop stones. Stolarz continued, “Here at the Crater of Diamonds, canary diamonds are among the most sought after stones by our park visitors.”

On November 15, 2008, Rhonda Bankston of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, found a similar-sized white diamond while surface searching for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds. She had her 2.09-carat diamond faceted to a 1.04-carat cushion-cut that graded as D flawless. Bankston’s diamond was appraised at $21,300.

An average of two diamonds a day are unearthed by park visitors at the Crater of Diamonds. According to park records, during 2008 a total of 946 diamonds were found at the park. Twenty seven of those diamonds weighed over one carat. Worthington’s 2.04-carat Easter Sunrise Diamond is the largest of the 296 diamonds found at the park so far this year.

In total, over 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at Arkansas’s diamond site since the first diamonds found in 1906 by John Huddleston, the farmer who at that time owned the land, long before the site became an Arkansas state park. The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed here in 1924 during an early mining operation. Named the Uncle Sam, this white diamond with a pink cast weighed 40.23 carats. Other large notable finds from the Crater include the Star of Murfreesboro (34.25 carats) and the Star of Arkansas (15.33 carats).

The largest diamond of the 28,000 discovered by park visitors since the Crater became an Arkansas state park in 1972 was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight. W. W. Johnson of Amarillo, Texas, found this spectacular gem-quality, white diamond in 1975.

In June 1981, the 8.82-carat Star of Shreveport was added to the growing list of large valuable stones found at the Crater.

The park staff provides free identification and certification of diamonds. Park interpretive programs and exhibits explain the site’s geology and history and offer tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough.

Other semi-precious gems and minerals found at the Crater of Diamonds include amethyst, garnet, peridot, jasper, agate, calcite, barite, and quartz. Over 40 different rocks and minerals are unearthed at the Crater making it a rock hound's delight.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located two miles southeast of Murfreesboro. It is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

For more information, contact: Tom Stolarz, park superintendent, Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958. Phone: 870-285-3113. E-mail: tom.stolarz@arkansas.gov. Or visit craterofdiamondsstatepark.com.
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