A man discovered a 9.07-carat diamond on the floor of the Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, in the United States of America, after mistaking the gem for a piece of glass.
Kevin Kinard, a bank manager, went down in history after finding the second largest diamond in the park’s history during a visit with a group of friends.
The park in question is the only place in the world with diamonds accessible to the public. Since 1906, more than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered there. For just over 8 euros, anyone can buy a ticket and spend the day looking for precious stones.
Kinard, 33, has regularly visited the park since childhood, when he made a study visit in his second year.
Witnessing that persistence pays off, man finally discovered a diamond, and it wasn’t just any diamond. This stone is the size of a small marble.
“Everything that looked like crystal, I put in my suitcase”, revealed in statements to the park’s website. “It looked curious and shiny, but I thought it was a piece of glass.”
Hours later, Kinard and his group of friends left the discovered stones at the park’s analysis center. Shortly thereafter, the man was called to the office to receive the good news.
“Honestly, I started to cry when I was told. I went into shock ”, he stated.
The policy of the park is that diamonds “Found are not stolen” and let your visitors have the discovery.