241. Glenn Worthington finds 2.04 carat Yellow Diamond; Easter Sunrise Diamond
Crater of Diamonds State Park; Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Glenn Worthington of Springdale
has visited Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of
Diamonds State Park, many times over the past 30 years.
His time spent prospecting in the park’s 37 ½-acre
diamond search area has been rewarded many times with
diamond finds. However, all of his diamonds except for one
have weighed under a carat. Yesterday afternoon
Worthington discovered the largest of all his diamond finds,
a stunning 2.04-carat canary diamond he named the Easter
Worthington was washing gravel that he’d dug out
of the park’s east drain, a low area in the park’s
diamond search area, when he found the yellow diamond in his
screen. It was in the last bucket he planned to wash before
shutting down for the Easter weekend. The diamond has a
smooth, lustrous surface with no cracks or internal spots of
graphite. It is an elongated, complete crystal that would
yield itself well to a marquise cut, but Glenn and his wife
Cindy do not plan to cut or sell this special diamond.
They are going to keep their diamond and enjoy it in its
natural form. Worthington dubbed his bright yellow stone the Easter Sunrise Diamond because that is
what he thought of when he saw it glowing up at him from his
screen full of gravel.
Worthington noted that he has produced a DVD that
teaches others how to find diamonds in Arkansas and has
written a book about the history of the Crater of Diamonds,
but this large a diamond find has eluded him for decades.
His said that his fellow diamond mining enthusiasts have all
congratulated him on yesterday’s find.
Margi Jenks, one of the park geological
interpreters on staff at the Crater of Diamonds State Park,
noted, "It is Glenn’s persistence and passion for the
Crater of Diamonds State Park that finally paid off with
this beautiful gem."
According to Park Superintendent Tom Stolarz,
"The gem’s canary color is a bright yellow, very
remindful of the yellow on an American Goldfinch."
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s
only diamond-producing site open to the public. Diamonds
come in all colors of the rainbow. The three most common
colors found at the park are white, brown and yellow, in
Stolarz said that canary diamonds are often found
at the park and are included in the list of the Crater of
Diamond’s notable diamond finds. Because of the
brightness of their yellow color, canary diamonds are
sometimes referred to as lemon or lemon drop stones.
Stolarz continued, "Here at the Crater of Diamonds, canary
diamonds are among the most sought after stones by our park