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Susie Clark: Crater of Diamonds State Park Births 3.69-Carat Gem

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 08:38 AM

Susie Clark found a 3.69-carat white diamond last week at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, making it the largest discovery of the year, according to state officials.

Clark, of Evening Shade, Arkansas, found the gemstone — which is roughly the size of a pinto bean — on Thursday while diamond hunting at the Murfreesboro park, according to the state park website.

"The gem is frosted white with a pearlescent, metallic shine," said Waymon Cox, a park interpreter with the Crater of Diamonds State Park. "This is the largest diamond found so far this year. And it's the largest one found since April 16, 2014, when a 6.19-carat white diamond, named the Limitless Diamond, was found at the park."

KAIT-TV reported that Clark's discovery was the 122nd diamond found at the Arkansas park this year. The television station said she located the gem in a 37.5-acre search field.

Clark said that she prayed aloud before making the discovery.

"Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?" Clark said in prayer before finding what she now calls the "Hallelujah Diamond."

"This is a diamond. And it’s a big one," she said to herself when she spotted the gem.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park since it opened in 1906, according to park officials. Cox said that park officials had recently plowed the search field, which had taken on a significant amount of rain over the past several weeks.

"This regular endeavor loosens the diamond-bearing soil which, along with rain erosion, brings more diamonds to the surface and helps park visitors' chances of finding them," Cox said in a statement.

"With all the rain we've been seeing, along with this week's plowing, there's a good chance more diamonds will be found on the surface in the days to come," he continued. "Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search area leaving them exposed. And when the sun comes out, they'll sparkle and be noticed."

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