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Tennessee visitor finds 1.05-carat white diamond

Visitor from Tennessee finds large diamond on Labor Day

by Betty Coors

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Ripley, Tennessee resident Deborah Miller was on a special mission when she traveled to Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day. She fulfilled her mission when she discovered a 1.05-carat white diamond after surface searching only ten minutes.

According to Deborah Miller, her mission began in 2011 when her husband, Thomas Miller II, gave her a special diamond necklace and earring set to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Deborah was wearing the jewelry set one day in a local restaurant with her husband, when the building's ceiling suddenly collapsed, burying them both under a pile of rubble.

They were both rescued, but Deborah learned later that she had lost her cherished diamond necklace in the accident. Although understandably heartbroken, Deborah soon learned about Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park, where she set out to replace her lost gem.

When Deborah saw the English pea-sized gem sparkling on top of the soil on Labor Day morning, she knew that she had accomplished her goal. She quickly placed the gem in a plastic bag and rushed to the Diamond Discovery Center to have it identified. Not only did Deborah find a replacement for her lost diamond necklace, but her new diamond is about twice as big as the one she lost!

Most recent significant precipitation: September 1, 2016

Diamond finds for the week of September 4, 2016 (100 points = 1 carat):

September 4 – Richard Meador, Midland, AR, 3 pt. brown

September 5 – Deborah Miller, Ripley, TN, 1.05 ct. white; Martha McAdams, Mountain View, MO, 3 pt. white, 10 pt. white, 10 pt. white; Robert Kemper, Huntsville, AL, 20 pt. white

September 6 – Scot Darling, Duluth, MN, 3 pt. white

September 10 – Richard Meador, Midland, AR, 2 pt. yellow, 11 pt. white, 24 pt. brown