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Teen Sells 3.85-Carat Yellow Diamond She Found At Gem Park For $20,000
Consumerist ^ | April 11, 2014

Posted on 04/11/2014 6:22:17 PM PDT by SMGFan

First of all, before we get into money talk, color me flabbergasted by the fact that there’s a park where apparently you can find free gems, take them home at your leisure and then sell them. Crater of Diamonds State Park exists, and it’s made one 14-year-old girl way richer than most kids her age.

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1 posted on 04/11/2014 6:22:17 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I want to go there.


2 posted on 04/11/2014 6:23:18 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: SMGFan

Cool.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SMGFan

Was it found in Crimea? Just kidding!


4 posted on 04/11/2014 6:25:14 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SMGFan

Only 20K!


5 posted on 04/11/2014 6:27:14 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

The Pink Panther diamond it ain’t.

I always get amused at the priceless look on Inspector Clouseau’s face in the court in the next to penultimate scene in “The Pink Panther” how he has to explain to his surprise - that he is the Pink Panther thief!

The girl is well positioned to enjoy the proceeds of her find. 20K is nothing to sneeze at.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 6:33:02 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: doc1019

If it was an I1 12 or I3 diamond it would make sense. Also the 3.85 is probably the raw size of the diamond, and yellow is not a desirable color, even if the jeweler calls it a champagne diamond.


7 posted on 04/11/2014 6:34:10 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: SMGFan

Cool! When she gets to college she just might be able to pay for her books for one semester.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: goldstategop

Knowing absolutely nothing about the value of diamonds, 20K for almost 4 carats worth seemed low to me. Just say’n ;-)


9 posted on 04/11/2014 6:37:17 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: LukeL

My education grows. Thanks.


10 posted on 04/11/2014 6:38:28 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: goldstategop

Best scene from the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74YLwinLT7M


11 posted on 04/11/2014 6:39:07 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: LukeL

Well, they need to give it a fancy name, like the Aussie diamonds called “Pink Ice”. How about “Yellow Snow”?


12 posted on 04/11/2014 6:39:26 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: doc1019

Yellow is not a desirable color and there’s a huge difference between 4 carats and almost 4 carats.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 6:47:42 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: SMGFan
Has De Beers put a hit out on her? They don't like competition.

/johnny

14 posted on 04/11/2014 6:49:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LukeL
yellow is not a desirable color

I'll never marry you!!

Yellow is a wonderful color for a diamond.

15 posted on 04/11/2014 6:51:35 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: muir_redwoods

Not to someone who doesn’t know anything about these things. LOL!


16 posted on 04/11/2014 6:52:06 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: wastedyears

http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com

I found a pink diamond there.

They don’t look anything like diamonds in a ring since these are natural (uncut).

http://www.diamondsinar.com/images/dvdcoverightr.jpg


17 posted on 04/11/2014 6:52:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: LukeL; Black Agnes; Pelham

Canary Yellow is quite desirable

At least it sure was in my mining days in BZ and SL 25-30 years ago

Some of the most pricey parcels I ever sold were pink and yellow rough...

Nice size and planes


18 posted on 04/11/2014 6:53:07 PM PDT by wardaddy (the real battle is what do we replace America as we knew it with....and will we fight..literally)
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To: SMGFan

There are a bunch of gem finding sites in the US. You pay a fee and you get a chance to hunt for treasure. it is a lot of hard work and a lot of work, Good for this young lady


19 posted on 04/11/2014 6:53:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: wastedyears

20 posted on 04/11/2014 6:53:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SMGFan

Arkansas right?


21 posted on 04/11/2014 6:54:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SMGFan

She now has a college fund if she didn’t already


22 posted on 04/11/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SMGFan

I’ve been there once. It’s a plowed field. You get a bucket and go scoop up some dirt and start looking for rough diamonds. There’s a little movie you can watch that will show you what a rough diamond looks like. There are people who go there every day.


23 posted on 04/11/2014 6:55:38 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Nifster

Yes, hard work and luck digging in an open field where they turn over the dirt a few times a day. Most have no clue what they are looking for even when they find something. I sure didn't!

24 posted on 04/11/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: wardaddy

Sierra Leone. Now that’s the third world.

We at least had running water although it had to be boiled before consuming. I still managed to get typhoid though. I was a kid tho, hard to keep a kid from sucking the bathcloth and such. At least we had flush water seal potties. This was 45yrs ago though. The jungle behind our building is now a 20 story building now. That bit of real estate has really ‘improved’ since the days of free running jungle mammals and jungle birds.

I’ve always wanted multicolor bling, maybe I’ll have to talk hubby into a roadtrip.


25 posted on 04/11/2014 7:01:05 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: kcvl; wardaddy

Y’know. My kid brother’s a real live geologist. Maybe I need to take HIM on a roadtrip and leave hubby at home with the kids...


26 posted on 04/11/2014 7:02:11 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: VerySadAmerican

Those same people usually take dirt home and shift through it. You would be surprised how many small diamonds people will find doing that. My aunt and a friend I know have a large collection of uncut diamonds.


27 posted on 04/11/2014 7:02:32 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Black Agnes

Great idea!


28 posted on 04/11/2014 7:03:22 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SMGFan

‘Chocolate’ diamonds for me, Please! :)


29 posted on 04/11/2014 7:30:37 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SMGFan

IRS got 75% of it.


30 posted on 04/11/2014 7:46:57 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: kcvl

I didn’t know you could take the dirt home with you.

They say the best time to look is right after it’s been plowed and rain has fallen and the sun has come back out. Supposedly they’ll twinkle in the sunlight.


31 posted on 04/11/2014 7:55:56 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: GeronL

The IRS will figure out a way to confiscate it.


32 posted on 04/11/2014 7:59:44 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Nifster

Some of them are “seeded.” The Franklin, NC area is somewhat famous for naturally occurring sapphires, rubies and emeralds, with “gem mines’ all around, but there just aren’t enough of them in the buckets of dirt to keep the tourists entertained sufficiently to keep coming back. So, they enhance the dirt with some they’ve bought. Nothing huge, just barely large enough to polish or perhaps have cut. If a patron ever finds a really noteworthy gem, rest assured it wasn’t seeded because they’re just not going to spend that kind of money.

I worked summers in the vicinity while in college. I do recall that you should be careful around known veins with sapphire, the soil can be toxic with long term exposure due to the cyanide present in the peculiar yellowish soil. Cyan, blue, sapphire. Fair amount of fool’s gold around those places too. This was a private site rather than commercial, back off the beaten path on the property of an old resort. Only guests and employees were allowed back there.


33 posted on 04/11/2014 8:07:29 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: wastedyears

We have that place on our bucket list.


34 posted on 04/11/2014 8:42:56 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

No. But the B.L.M. will be arriving to run the place as soon as it gets things sorted out in Nevada.


35 posted on 04/11/2014 9:07:33 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: SMGFan
color me flabbergasted by the fact that there’s a park where apparently you can find free gems

Free if you round down from $8.

From Crater of Diamonds State Park:

Fees to search for Diamonds
Adults: $8
Children (ages 6-12): $5
Children under 6 years old: FREE

36 posted on 04/11/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: kcvl

I believe that to be the only publicly-accessible place on Earth where you can dig up a diamond and keep it.


37 posted on 04/11/2014 9:42:08 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: JRandomFreeper

My daughter, son and son in law went to Arkansas to the diamond mine....its a large open field of dirt and after the rains mud. You can rent what is needed (cheap) keep whatever you find and there are things other than diamonds that have been found...wear old clothes, boots if it muddy and dig all you want. They have a gemologist to check out what you have and tell you if you have anything of value. You keep all or sometimes someone will buy from you at the park...locals have set ups. but they have to be small....it was fun but we were unlucky enough to have to dig in mud. Dry county, 50 miles round trip for son to get some beer. The state is a lot of nothing. Daughter wondered why it wasn’t the suicide cap. of the country..


38 posted on 04/11/2014 10:27:22 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: goat granny
You obviously didn't go anywhere else in the state...

You and your family really need to get out more often.


39 posted on 04/12/2014 12:09:42 AM PDT by kcvl
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40 posted on 04/12/2014 12:21:39 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

One goal of mine is to end up going to one of these places and having a ball throughout the day seeing if I find something.


41 posted on 04/12/2014 12:26:49 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: kcvl

Well - that one guy DOES look like he is going to jump!

Lots of pretty places all around - spent time in the Ozarks in southern Missouri - great place.


42 posted on 04/12/2014 12:40:34 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

‘swhy we took our Yankee money and moved south.


43 posted on 04/12/2014 5:28:09 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: wardaddy

Wardaddy. I might have known it was *you* who knew about canary diamonds.


44 posted on 04/12/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: KarlInOhio

Paying $8, and finding something worth, say, $1000, is kinda free. If you live a bike ride away, you’re making $992 profit. You make the $8 back, and then some.


45 posted on 04/12/2014 9:30:08 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: wastedyears; GeronL; Georgia Girl 2
It's a hoot.....and the little road from I-30 thru Delight, Arkansas - where Glen Campbell hailed from, is about the prettiest drive we've ever taken.

We didn't know what to expect getting there the day after a good rain, so wifey's white capris and matching flip flops didn't go over well.....but it was fun anyhow.

We overnighted then at nearby Murfreesboro which was a cute little southern town.

46 posted on 04/12/2014 9:37:11 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: RegulatorCountry
So, they enhance the dirt with some they’ve bought.

We went "gemming" in a couple of places in Franklin and our buckets each had an 'arrowhead' - phony of course, but still a hoot. We kept our "gems" which wifey put into a small goldfish bowl when we got home.

47 posted on 04/12/2014 9:40:10 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

I don’t know about adding in fake arrowheads, but there are real, naturally occurring gems in those places, that’s why they arose at the dawn of modern tourist travel by car on paved roads, possibly even before that with summer people coming up by rail. There have been some very noteworthy finds over the years. Just not enough to entertain all the tourists who go there now, so they add more in, rough smaller examples of ruby, sapphire and emerald.

As an example of a recent, noteworthy find:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/31/north.carolina.emerald/

The “Carolina Emperor,” found near Franklin, NC, weighed 310 karats before cutting. The gentleman who found it initially thought it was the bottom of a Seven-Up bottle, and couldn’t figure out what it was doing in a vein of quartz crystal, lol.


48 posted on 04/12/2014 9:55:07 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ladyjane; Black Agnes

It sure seems like a long time ago..now

Ole Miss 1980

Gems and mining

Cargo ship ownership operation

Self Storage....Warehousing...Car Washes and bank start ups

Old man business now

My young business life was a lot of fun

Owning a car wash chain is a beast when its busy

The public is ugly


49 posted on 04/12/2014 10:47:59 AM PDT by wardaddy (the real battle is what do we replace America as we knew it with....and will we fight..literally)
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To: kcvl

sometimes it can be hard to tell unless you have been a digger for awhile ;)


50 posted on 04/12/2014 12:37:42 PM PDT by Nifster
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