Friday, 14 October 2016

Father/Daughter duo find 2-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Dan Frederick and his daughter, Lauren, traveled from Renton, Washington, to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in search of treasure. The experienced gem-hunters say they've searched half the country looking for sapphires, garnets and agates, but they've always wanted to dig for diamonds.

Less than one hour after they arrived at the public park on Oct. 3, the Fredericks spotted a 2.03-carat lying right on the ground, three feet from where Dan was standing.
Mike Botha, a master diamond cutter with Embee Diamonds, headed to Little Rock, Arkansas to work with the Esperanza diamond.

The Esperanza is an 8.52 carat diamond that was found in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in 2015. It is a 4.6-carat finished diamond.
He got a chance to peer into the heart of the uncut diamond using special equipment. He said it appears to be completely colourless. "This could be potentially, a flawless diamond."

It is icicle-shaped, so he had to come up with a unique design to maximize the beauty of this particular diamond. He said the baseline value for the Esperanza is $200,000, but it could go much higher.
The Crater of Diamonds is a 911 acre state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas that contains a 37.5 acre plowed field in which visitors can literally dig for diamonds.

It's the world's only diamond-bearing site that's accessible to the public.
The largest diamond ever discovered in the US, the 40.23-carat Uncle Sam, was found there in 1924. It was cut twice, resulting in a final 12.42-carat (2.484 g) M-color, VVS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond. In 1971, the Uncle Sam was sold for $150,000.