Teacher Finds 2.2 Carat Gemstone At Crater Of Diamonds

A teacher from Nebraska who was visiting Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park just found a 2.2 carat brown diamond, which is the largest of it’s kind to be found at the park this year.

Josh Lanik, a 36 year-old from Hebron, said he was visiting the park with his family last week when he saw something shiny on the ground.

“We took the kids to look for amethyst on Canary Hill, and I was walking through an area where it looked like a lot of water had washed when I saw it,” he said. “It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it. I saw the shine, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed there weren’t any sharp edges.”

He added that it wasn’t until he brought the find to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center to have them identified that he learned it was a diamond. Even park officials were stunned by how big the diamond was, as nothing that large had been found there all year.

“Mr. Lanik’s gem is about the size of a jellybean and has a dark brown color, similar to brandy,” said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox. “It has a beautiful natural pear shape and smooth, curved facets that give the gem a metallic shine.”

Waymon added that there have been heavy rains in the area recently, which likely caused the diamond to end up on the surface. He explained that one in ten diamonds that are found by park visitors are discovered on the surface of the ground.

While the worth of Josh’s diamond has not been revealed yet, the teacher said he is keeping it for the time being.

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