Eighth Grader From New Hampshire Finds 2.70-carat Diamond at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park

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The 2.70-carat diamond found by eighth grader from Pennsylvania
The 2.70-carat diamond found by eighth grader from Pennsylvania
Named the Arkansas Ice, the 2.70-carat diamond resembles a miniature cube of ice
Named the Arkansas Ice, the 2.70-carat diamond resembles a miniature cube of ice
Diamond finder Peter Slowik and his dad with Peter's 2.70-carat white diamond
Diamond finder Peter Slowik and his dad with Peter's 2.70-carat white diamond
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Murfreesboro -- Over the years stories have been told at the Crater of Diamonds State Park about visitors who found diamonds in the footprints of other park visitors. Yesterday, 14-year-old Peter Slowik of Strafford, New Hampshire, did just that as he was surface searching with his dad in the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area near the south washing pavilion. Deep in a footprint Slowik noticed a sparkling 2.70-carat white diamond that resembles a miniature cube of ice. And so, he chose to name his diamond the Arkansas Ice. According to Park Superintendent Justin Dorsey, “Peter Slowik’s diamond is so clear, just like a piece of ice. And, it’s so brilliant that when we looked at it under the microscope, its color even had an icy blue look to it.” He said, “I think when Peter chose to call it the Arkansas Ice, he gave his diamond the perfect name.”

Dorsey noted that Slowik included the word Arkansas in the name because he always wanted to remember this unique experience at the park. Dorsey emphasized, “This is such a great story—-to have something like this happen to an eighth grader. What a memory! And, what a legacy since Peter plans to keep his diamond and pass it down through his family.” According to Dorsey, “This year has been a good one for our park visitors. There have been many big diamond finds. In fact, nine diamonds have weighed over one carat. And, Peter’s 2.70-carat diamond is the 200th diamond found here so far this year.” On average, there are two diamond finds a day at the Crater of Diamonds. 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. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. The park’s diamond search area—a 37 ½-acre plowed field—is the eroded surface of the world’s eighth largest, diamond-bearing deposit in surface area. The field is plowed regularly by park staff to bring more diamonds to the surface. The park policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find in the diamond search area is theirs to keep.

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.

Oher 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 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 Crater of Diamonds State Park’s 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: justin.dorsey@arkansas.gov. Or visit craterofdiamondsstatepark.com.

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