Man finds 9-carat diamond he thought was glass in Arkansas State Park

  • 03 Oct - 09 Oct, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A man who was exploring an Arkansas state park recently came across an unbelievable discovery: a 9.07-carat diamond, making it the second-largest one ever found in the park's history. Kevin Kinard said he didn't think much of the marble-sized crystal that he found while visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day, according to a press release from the park. "It kind of looked interesting and shiny, so I put it in my bag and kept searching," he recalled. "I just thought it might’ve been glass." But after taking it to the park's Diamond Discovery Center, where staff identify what visitors find and register diamonds, Kinard, 33, learned that what he thought was glass was actually a 9.07-carat diamond. “I honestly teared up when they told me," shared Kinard, "I was in complete shock!" Kinard said he had been regularly visiting the park ever since he first went there on a second-grade field trip. Despite frequent visits over the years, he never discovered a diamond. Park officials said the diamond is the second-largest one to be found at the park since it opened in 1972. The largest one was a 16.37-carat white Amarillo Starlight, discovered in August 1975, according to the press release.