Friday, June 8, 2007

Girl fnds 2.93 carat diamond in State Park

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Thirteen-year-old Nicole Ruhter and her family didn't have much luck during a day spent digging for diamonds at a state park, but she kept looking even as they walked along a path that evening. Finally, she found a tea-colored, 2.93-carat diamond.

'I just walked and saw this little shine,' Nicole said. 'We wrapped it up in a little dollar bill and took it back' to show park rangers.

Nicole described the stone as a broken pyramid and said she's going to name it the 'Pathfinder Diamond.' She and her family said they'll keep it for a time and find out how much it is worth before trying to sell it.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, which opened in 1972, is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public, and visitors keep the gems they unearth. The largest was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight, a white diamond found by a Texas visitor in 1975.

Source : rgj

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