Man finds 6-carat diamond in park; doesn't plan to keep it

Man finds 6-carat diamond in park; doesn't plan to keep it

Man finds 6-carat diamond in park; doesn't plan to keep it

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by ABC News

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Posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

(ABC News) -- It would appear we're all in the wrong profession.

David Anderson, of Murfreesboro, Ark., just found a 6.19-carat white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and he doesn't even plan to keep it.

The treasure hunter is reportedly planning to sell the diamond and donate the proceeds to Speed of Light, a national youth ministry charitable organization.

Anderson can probably afford to do so because this isn't the first diamond he's found. Not even close. He's found hundreds of diamonds at the diamond park, although this one does appear to be the largest.

"This diamond is definitely a beauty," Park Interpreter Waymon Cox told local affiliate KARK. "It looks almost entirely clear and appears to be an unbroken crystal."

Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., Anderson specifically moved to Arkansas after seeing the park featured in 2007 on The Travel Channel's "Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures," and the move has certainly proven to be a wise decision.

The diamond, found Wednesday in the East Drain area of the park, only took Anderson about four hours to discover, but that doesn't surprise Cox.

"It's no surprise that a large diamond was found this week," he explained. "Over four inches of rain fell on the park last weekend, and David found his diamond on the first sunny day following the rain. Rainwater washes soil from the search area and often exposes heavy gravel and diamonds on the surface."

This particular "girl's best friend," is roughly the size of a jelly bean and is the 15 th-largest diamond found at the park since 1972, according to Cox.

"David has worked hard to find more than 400 diamonds here over the years," he added. "This is the largest, and probably the easiest, diamond he's ever found!"
 

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