The name "Bud" has been given to a 'big ugly diamond' discovered in Arkansasby the individual who made the discovery.
David Anderson, a fortunate visitor from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was asked what the symbol meant and said, "That's for 'Big, Ugly Diamond.'"
At the Crater of DiamondsState Park, Anderson made the discovery on March 4 of a brown diamond that weighed 3.29 carats.
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Every day, one or two gems are found at that specific park, and guests are allowed to keep any jewels they uncover there.
A visit on Saturday to the park's 37.5-acre diamond-seeking zone yielded the discovery of the gem, according to a newsrelease issued by the park administrators on Wednesday. Mr. Anderson said:
At first I thought it was quartzbut wondered why it was so shiny. Once I picked it up, I realized it was a diamond!- Anderson
Mr. Anderson stated that he has been going to the park ever since he learned about it for the first time on television in the year 2007.
"After I found my first diamond, a 1.5-carat white, I was hooked," he added, adding that he has found more than 400 gems since then. "After I found my first diamond," he continued.
Other important finds include a yellow diamond that weighed 3.83 carats and a white diamond that weighed 6.19 carats, both of which were made by him in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
Mr. Anderson, in line with the other individuals, reveals that he has every intention of selling his most recent discovery to jewelers in his immediate area and that this is his plan.
Tayler Markham, a park interpreter, provided the following description of the uncommon stone: "about the size of an English pea, with a light brown color and octahedron shape."
Because of "resorption" during the eruption that originally brought the park's diamonds to the surface, the recently discovered diamond by Anderson has smooth, rounded edges. This is typical of the diamonds found in the park.
This diamond is the largest one that has been found in the park since September 2021, when a tourist from Granite Bay, California discovered a yellow diamond weighing 4.38 carats while visiting the park.
There have been a total of 124 diamonds unearthed so far this year at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Digging and sifting tools are available for loan to visitors, and park rangers will provide free identification of any rocks or minerals that are discovered within the park.
Since 1906, there have been discoveries of more than 75,000 diamonds. Of those, more than 35,000 have been found since the area was designated a state park in the year 1972.
Moreover, the largest diamond that has ever been found in the United States was unearthed at this location.
The location yielded a white diamond with a pinkish tint that weighed 40.23 carats and was discovered there in 1924.
It has been given the moniker "Uncle Sam," and it may currently be seen on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, District of Columbia.