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    Jun 10

    digging.jpgAmericans work hard for their money, but we’re not about to turn down a fortune if we are lucky enough to find one. Remember when you were a kid? Did you ever dream of finding buried treasure? How about finding the equivalent of buried treasure as an adult? The saying “a diamond in the rough” has become a reality for one lucky American.In 2006, Bob Wehle, a Wisconsin man, was visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of America’s most unique parks. It is the only diamond-producing place in the world that is open to the public.

    At Crater of Diamonds State Park there is an area that is the eroded surface of a volcanic pipe. This pipe brought diamonds and semi-precious stones to the surface 95 million years ago. The area has been plowed and it is where visitors can try a lucky search for diamonds and semi-precious stones.

    Park visitors have found semi-precious stones of amethyst, peridot, garnet, hematite, and more. The luckiest of park visitors have found white diamonds, brown diamonds and yellow diamonds.

    The first diamonds ever found in Crater of Diamonds State Park were found in 1906 by John Huddleston. Before it became the park it is today it was Huddleston’s land. In his day, Huddleston acquired the names “Diamond John” and “Diamond King.” Huddleston sold the land for $36,000. Today, there is a marker at Crater of Diamonds State Park that designates where Huddleston made his first diamond find. The park has a “finder’s keepers” policy. If you find diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks or minerals they are yours to keep no matter what the value of the find.

    Mr. Wehle hit the jackpot when he found a 5.47 carat bright yellow diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park. The diamond had no visible flaws and it was the second largest diamond ever found at the park in 2006. Also in 2006, a brown 6.35 carat diamond was found by a Texan couple, Donald and Brenda Roden. Diamonds of the size of Wehle’s and the Rodens’ could easily pull in between $15,000 to $60,000.

    The Rodens’ diamond is the 8th largest diamond found in Crater of Diamonds State Park since 1972. The largest was a 16.37 white diamond found in 1975 by W.W. Johnson, a visitor from Texas.

    Yellow diamonds, especially those that are bright yellow, are truly unique gems and are considered to be very attractive. Jewelers and gemologists consider the yellow diamond to be very rare. The rarer a diamond the more expensive it is going to be. Tom Stolarz, the park superintendent at the time of Wehle’s diamond find, said the diamond looked like a “lemon drop candy.”

    If a rough diamond is found, the owner may decide to put it through a diamond cutting process. Cut diamonds are the ones that we see used for diamond rings and other diamond jewelry. Changing a rough diamond into a cut gem is an art form that requires a level of skill.

    One Response to “An American Who found a Real Diamond in the Rough”

    1. richa Says:

      i want a real diamond that can soot me in any function where i go & in my marriage.

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