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Published On: Tue, Aug 16th, 2016

Missouri girl, Grace Houston, Leaves State Park with a Rare Diamond Find

9-year-old Grace Houston had no idea she was going to leave her family vacation with a gem of a find. Houston, from Missouri, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas with her family during a summer vacation a few weeks ago, and she came across something that indicates just how the park got its name.

Grace, who is a little girl with an interest and a love for geology, unearthed a white diamond that was more than 1.5 carats. How did she come across the amazing discovery?

She was merely wet-sifting with her grandmother when she found the beautiful rock. Grace was determined to find a treasure, even with the heat reaching trip-digit levels, and that’s just what she did. The Missouri girl loves geology and all things gemstones so much that the trip to the state park was a surprise given to her by her family. The little girl had no idea she would even be going to the park until a few days before departure, though her family said they’d been planning the trip for half a year.

photo OpenClipart-Vectors via pixabay

photo OpenClipart-Vectors via pixabay

According to the park’s website, it’s not unusual to find some pretty amazing gemstones while visiting, including amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, quartz, and others. There are variations of diamonds that may occasionally be found, although that’s pretty unusual. Some of the diamond colors visitors to Diamonds State Park have come across include white, brown and yellow.

While it might be rare to come across a diamond at the park, it’s not unheard of. There have been a few famous diamonds including the largest diamond ever found in the U.S., dubbed the Uncle Sam Diamond. W.O. Basham found it in 1924, and it weighed more than 40 carats. The Strawn-Wagner Diamond was also discovered in the park, where it remains on display. Shirley Strawn found it in 1990, and while it was just over three carats, it was still quite an impressive find.

So what about the diamond clarity and quality? The Strawn-Wagner Diamond was rated as a perfect grade of 0/0/0 indicating it boasted an ideal cut, D color, and it was flawless. For jewelry professionals and aficionados, that’s also referred to as a triple zero. While this particular diamond might not have ranked as one of the largest diamonds found in the park or the U.S., its perfection is a rarity in and of itself. The park’s website says that unearthing a diamond so perfect is such a rarity that’s it’s something a lot of gemologists or professionals in the jewelry world will never see.

So what about the value of little Grace’s find? Based on a diamond clarity and quality chart, it could be worth around $43,000, depending on the specifics of the four C’s, which are carat, color, clarity, and cut.

What does she plan to do with her diamond? According to Grace she will keep it in its natural state, rather than turning it into a piece of jewelry, although only time will tell what her plans will become for her fantastic find.

Guest Author: Carmelo Hannity

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