It is common for nine-year-old children to dig in the dirt, but how many do you know that find a diamond? Courtney Condor, of Grantsburg, IL, was digging for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds Park near Murfreesboro, Arkansas on June 11 when she discovered a 1.11-carat white diamond.
The Condor family had been at the park for two days before Courtney found the gem near a sign marking the largest diamond find in the United States: a rose-tinted 40.23-carat “Uncle Sam” diamond found in 1924. Courtney was using a child’s had shovel when she found the diamond which she named, “The Sparkles Diamond.” The diamond is an elongated, tear-shaped stone and is Courtney’s to keep because all diamonds found at the park belong to the visitors who find them.
Park superintendent Tom Stolarz said that Courtney’s diamond was the 218 diamond found by visitors at the park to date in 2006. While it is rare to find diamonds on the surface anywhere in the world, Crater of Diamonds Park is unique in that it is the only diamond mine where visitors can keep the diamonds they find. The 37.5-acre park is a popular attraction for families where they have the opportunity to find one of nature’s prized possessions, a precious diamond.