Many people spend hours digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas only to walk away empty-handed.
But that wasn’t the case for Dan Frederick, of Renton, Wash., and his daughter Lauren, who found a 2.03 carat diamond less than an hour after they arrived at the diamond site on Oct. 3.
The duo reached the state park around 8 a.m., and by 9 a.m., they were holding “The Lucky Diamond,” according to a statement from the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Frederick said he picked up the pearly white stone after spotting light reflecting off the ground only three feet from where he was standing.
Lauren said they were cautious not to get too excited until they figured out if the uncut diamond was the real deal.
“When we first found the diamond we kept looking up pictures on the Internet to make sure it was real and kept guessing what the weight would be,” Lauren said in a statement.
After finding the “Lucky Diamond,” the pair walked around the park for another seven hours looking for another diamond, Lauren said.
According to the park, larger diamonds are sometimes found on the surface after rain washes the dirt away and exposes the heavier stones.
“Dan Frederick has proven, once again, that it is possible to find large, beautiful diamonds while surface searching,” Betty Coors said in a statement.
The pair plans to keep the diamond.