Teen Goes Digging, Finds Jellybean-Sized Diamond

Tana Clymer found canary stone at Crater of Diamonds State Park

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2013 6:43 AM CDT | Updated Oct 27, 2013 9:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – A teenage girl got quite a souvenir on a recent trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas: a canary diamond that KWTV says is about the size of a jellybean—ie, "huge." Fourteen-year-old Tana Clymer of Oklahoma City was digging in the park with her family last weekend when she noticed something on the ground that she thought was "a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper," she says. Then she touched it and thought it might be "a marble." But no, it was the real deal, and a 3.85-carat one at that. "I was about to sprint to join my family," says Tana, "and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond!"

More than 75,000 diamonds have been found at the aptly-named state park since 1906, and visitors are allowed to keep what they unearth. The largest diamond ever found in the US, the 40.23-carat "Uncle Sam," was found there in 1927, KJRH reports. And in July, a 12-year-old found a 5.16-carat honey brown diamond there. Tana says she'll either put her diamond in a ring or use it to pay for college, depending on its value. (In other unusual diamond news, scientists say there's a possibility that it could rain liquid diamonds on Jupiter.)

This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, with a 3.85-carat canary diamond she discovered Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.
This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, with a 3.85-carat canary diamond she discovered Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.   (AP Photo/Crater of Diamonds State Park)
This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows a 3.85-carat canary diamond discovered by Tana Clymer Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.
This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows a 3.85-carat canary diamond discovered by Tana Clymer Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.   (AP Photo/Crater of Diamonds State Park)
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