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    Massive 9-carat diamond found at Arkansas state park

    Diamonds are this man’s best friend.

    Kevin Kinard, a 33-year-old bank branch manager, found a 9.07-carat diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park, the second-largest in history discovered at the site.

    A relatively frequent visitor of the park since childhood, Kinard made the discovery — his first — on Labor Day in the southeast part of the 37.5-acre diamond search area, according to an Arkansas State Parks’ news release Wednesday.

    “I only wet sifted for about 10 minutes before I started walking up and down the plowed rows,” said Kinard, who preferred surface searching. “Anything that looked like a crystal, I picked it up and put it in my bag.”

    Hours of searching later, Kinard headed to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center where visitors can get their finds identified and registered.

    Not believing he’d found anything of worth, Kinard nearly didn’t get his haul checked but then changed his mind when a friend got hers checked.

    What ended up being identified as the massive diamond was brought into the office for closer examination and minutes later was brought back to Kinard, who said he “honestly teared up when they told me. I was in complete shock!”

    “Congratulations to Mr. Kinard on finding this impressive diamond — the second largest found at the park since 1972,” Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism said. “A find like this is always thrilling for the park guest, as well as the park staff, who get to help identify the gem and share in the excitement.”

    Assistant Superintendent Dru Edmonds added, “Mr. Kinard’s diamond is very large, with a brandy brown color. It has a rounded, dewdrop shape and a metallic shine typical of all Crater diamonds.”

    Kinard headed back to Crater of Diamonds on Wednesday to tell his successful tale.

    The Crater of Diamonds became an Arkansas state park back in 1972, and in 1975, its largest diamond yet was found: a 16.37-carat white Amarillo Starlight.

    Source: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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