Friends Find 6.67 Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park


This story about the latest diamond find at Crater of Diamonds State Park was written by park interpreter Margi Jenks. Go Team Diamond!


Yesterday, a search lead by Daniel J. Kinney III
and Thayer Walker found the ninth largest diamond since the southeast Arkansas
diamond crater became Crater of Diamonds State Park. Joined by Eytan Elterman
and Jessica Higley, Kinney and Walker found the deep yellow 6.67 carat beauty
on November 28, 2011, their second day of prospecting. Kinney, from Sault Ste.
Marie, MI, is an expert diamond hunter, having visited Crater of Diamonds State
Park more than twenty times. The “Teamwork Diamond”, as the friends named it,
is the 34th diamond Kinney has found. It is Walker’s first.


Thayer Walker and Eytan Elterman are both from
San Francisco, CA. Walker is an Outside magazine correspondent and chief
reconnaissance officer at Summit Series, an annual business conference.
Elterman makes documentary films. Sunday afternoon the friends dug 21 buckets
of diamond soil from the west drain. The next morning they were washing soil
when Walker looked up from his screen and said, “Dan, what is this?” Kinney
took a look and exclaimed “It’s a diamond and oh my gosh, it’s huge!”

It was indeed a large diamond, weighing in at
6.67 carats. About the size of a marble, the deep yellow diamond is a rounded
square shape with a pit in one end and a frosted skin.

Waymon Cox, Park Interpreter, says that “this is
the second largest diamond registered in 2011”. In 2011 a total of 501 diamonds
have been turned in and registered. This year’s largest diamond, the white 8.66
ct. Illusion Diamond, was found in April by Beth Gilbertson, a friend of

“I’m working on a book about precious gems and
metals,” says Walker, the Outside magazine correspondent. “This makes a nice
first chapter.”

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s
only diamond-producing site open to the public. Diamonds can come in all colors
of the rainbow. The three most common colors found at the park are white,
yellow and brown, in that order. An average of two diamonds a day is unearthed
by park visitors. The park staff provides free identification and registration
of diamonds. Park interpretive programs and exhibits explain the site’s geology
and history and offer tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough.

Over 40 different rocks and minerals are
unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds, making it a rock hound’s delight. The
other semi-precious gems and minerals include amethyst, garnet, peridot,
jasper, agate, calcite, barite, and quartz.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located two
miles southeast of Murfreesboro, AR. It is one of the 52 state parks
administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks
and Tourism.

For more information, contact: Justin Dorsey,
park superintendent, Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road,
Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958. Phone: 870-285-3113.

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