Visitor From Pennsylvania Finds Flawless 3.17-carat Diamond Today During Her First Visit to Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park
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For Immediate ReleaseMurfreesboro
The 3.17-carat Dorie Diamond
The diamond in the Arkansas quarter inspired this diamond's finder to visit Arkansas's diamond site
Diamond finder Patti Kubli (on right) and her sister with Patti's 3.17-carat canary yellow diamond
-- Pennsylvania resident Patti Kubli saw an Arkansas commemorative quarter and noticed the diamond in its design. She thought maybe there were diamonds in Arkansas. So her brother, who studied geology, looked on the Internet and found out about Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Patti and their sister drove from Pennsylvania to visit the Crater of Diamonds. Today marked their first visit to the park. After surface searching in the park’s diamond search area for approximately 30 minutes, Patti found a flawless, 3.17-carat yellow diamond. She found the gem in the middle of the 37 ½-acre search area around 10:00 a.m. when she noticed it shining in the dirt. Kubli named the diamond after her mother, calling it The Dorie Diamond.
As her diamond was being weighed and certified by the park staff, Kubli noted that her brother didn’t join his sisters on the trip. “Boy is he going to be sorry,” she said with a smile.
According to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks, “Slightly pear-shaped, this diamond is an intense canary yellow and it’s extremely shiny. It has its own light within.”
Jenks said, “Ms. Kubli’s diamond would be so lovely set in a ring mounting or worn on a necklace. And, the gem could either be cut or left as is. This diamond could be mounted in its raw natural form because it is so beautiful just the way nature formed it.” She noted it was about the size of a jellybean.
Jenks continued, “The average is about two diamond finds a day at the Crater of Diamonds. Ms. Kubli’s gem was the 108th diamond found so far this year at the park. It’s the largest diamond find at the park since a 3.20-carat white diamond was found in November and a 5.75-carat white diamond named the Arabian Knight Diamond was found by a park visitor from Alabama in April 2009.”
The 37 ½-acre search area at the park is the eroded surface of the world’s eighth largest, diamond-bearing deposit in the world in surface area. The field is plowed regularly by park staff to bring more diamonds to the surface. The last plowing occurred on March 15.
She noted that the park policy is finder-keepers. “What park visitors find in the diamond search area is theirs to keep.” 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.
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.
In total, over 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at Arkansas’s diamond site since the first diamonds were found here in 1906 by John Huddleston, the farmer who at that time owned the land long before it 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.
Another notable diamond from the Crater of Diamonds that has received much national attention is the 1.09-carat, D-flawless Strawn-Wagner Diamond. Discovered in 1990 by Shirley Strawn of nearby Murfreesboro, this white gem weighed 3.03 carats in the rough before being cut to perfection in 1997 by the renowned diamond firm Lazare Kaplan International of New York. The gem is the most perfect diamond ever certified in the laboratory of the American Gem Society. Renovations are currently underway at the Crater of Diamonds State Park visitor center. When they are completed, this diamond will once again be on display there.
Another gem from the Crater, the flawless 4.25-carat Kahn Canary diamond, discovered at the park in 1977, has been on exhibit at many cities around the U.S. and overseas. The uncut, triangular-shape diamond was featured in an illustrious jewelry exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium in 1997 that included precious stones from throughout the world including the Kremlin collection, the Vatican, Cartier and Christies. And, in late 1997, the Kahn Canary was featured in another prestigious exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York entitled The Nature of Diamonds. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton borrowed the Kahn Canary from its owner, Stan Kahn of Pine Bluff, and wore it in a special, Arkansas-inspired ring setting designed by Henry Dunay of New York. Mrs. Clinton chose to wear the gem as a special way to represent Arkansas’s diamond site at the galas celebrating both of Bill Clinton’s presidential inaugurals.
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: Justin Dorsey, park superintendent, Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958. Phone: 870-285-3113. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit craterofdiamondsstatepark.com.