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Ark. state park visitor claims 2.1-carat diamond

After park staff verified and registered her diamond, Andrea decided that the best name for it would be the Andrea Birthday Diamond. After park staff verified and registered her diamond, Andrea decided that the best name for it would be the Andrea Birthday Diamond.
Andrea Murphy (holding card and diamond) dug up the diamond on Friday during a family visit to celebrate her 30th birthday. Andrea Murphy (holding card and diamond) dug up the diamond on Friday during a family visit to celebrate her 30th birthday.
MURFREESBORO, AR (AP/KSLA) -

A visitor at Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro has found a 2.1-carat brown diamond.

Since the diamond is he traditional birthstone for those born in the month of April, Andrea Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas was hoping to dig one up on a family visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and she did.

Murphy dug up the diamond on Friday during a family visit to celebrate her 30th birthday.

The park says the square, iced tea brown diamond was a surface find in the East Drain area of the park, after Andrea searched for about 2 hours.

The colors of diamonds found at the park are white, brown, and yellow, in that order. "Because of their dark color, brown diamonds are the most difficult to find, according to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks. "However, this is the second large brown diamond found at the park in the last two weeks. A beautiful 1.61-carat brown diamond was found by a park visitor from St. Louis, Missouri, on March 28."

The southwest Arkansas park is unique in that patrons can keep any diamonds they find. The diamond found by Murphy is the 144th diamond found this year by a Crater of Diamonds visitor. The park says the stone is also the sixth diamond found in 2013 weighing more than 1 carat.

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