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Diamond park visitor unearths 2-carat brown

2013-04-09

Murfreesboro, Ark.--A young woman from Gentry, Ark. visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park here in the hopes of finding a special treat to mark her 30th birthday, and she did.

On April 6, Andrea Murphy found a 2.1-carat diamond, described as being “iced-tea” brown on the surface, at the East Drain area of the field about two hours after arriving at the park. The field is a 37 ½-acre plowed area that is the eroded surface of the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world.

The stone is the second relatively large brown diamond discovered in the park in the last two weeks. On March 28, a park visitor from St. Louis found a 1.61-carat brown diamond.

Murphy and eight of her family members decided to visit the park for her birthday because, being an April baby, diamond is her birthstone. Fittingly, the 30-year-old has opted to call the diamond the “Andrea Birthday Diamond.”

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A close-up of the 2.1-carat “Andrea Birthday Diamond”

The Crater of Diamonds first became a state park in the 1970s, though a local farmer discovered diamonds on the land in 1906.

It is the only diamond-producing area in the world that is open to the public. According to park officials, visitors find an average of two diamonds per day.

Diamonds found in the park, in order of frequency, are white, brown and yellow. Whatever visitors unearth is theirs to keep.

An early mining operation conducted at the site in 1924--before the area became a state park--uncovered what still stands as the largest diamond ever discovered in the United States, the “Uncle Sam,” a 40.23-carat white diamond with a “pink cast.” Other notable finds include the 34.25-carat “Star of Murfreesboro” and the 15.33-carat “Star of Arkansas.”