Skip to comments.Teen Sells 3.85-Carat Yellow Diamond She Found At Gem Park For $20,000
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 theres 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 its made one 14-year-old girl way richer than most kids her age.
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I want to go there.
Was it found in Crimea? Just kidding!
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.
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.
Cool! When she gets to college she just might be able to pay for her books for one semester.
Knowing absolutely nothing about the value of diamonds, 20K for almost 4 carats worth seemed low to me. Just say’n ;-)
My education grows. Thanks.
Best scene from the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74YLwinLT7M
Well, they need to give it a fancy name, like the Aussie diamonds called “Pink Ice”. How about “Yellow Snow”?
Yellow is not a desirable color and there’s a huge difference between 4 carats and almost 4 carats.
I'll never marry you!!
Yellow is a wonderful color for a diamond.
Not to someone who doesn’t know anything about these things. LOL!
I found a pink diamond there.
They don’t look anything like diamonds in a ring since these are natural (uncut).
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
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
She now has a college fund if she didn’t already
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
‘Chocolate’ diamonds for me, Please! :)
IRS got 75% of it.
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.
The IRS will figure out a way to confiscate it.
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.
We have that place on our bucket list.
No. But the B.L.M. will be arriving to run the place as soon as it gets things sorted out in Nevada.
Free if you round down from $8.
Fees to search for Diamonds
Children (ages 6-12): $5
Children under 6 years old: FREE
I believe that to be the only publicly-accessible place on Earth where you can dig up a diamond and keep it.
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..
You and your family really need to get out more often.
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.
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.
‘swhy we took our Yankee money and moved south.
Wardaddy. I might have known it was *you* who knew about canary diamonds.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
sometimes it can be hard to tell unless you have been a digger for awhile ;)