Washington State Visitor Finds 2-Carat Diamond in State Park
A man in Washington state hoping to find the raw materials to make his own engagement ring recently unearthed a large diamond in the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro.
Christian Linden of Poulsbo, Wash., Discovered a 2.20-carat yellow diamond in the park on May 9. Liden’s diamond is the largest found in the park since last October, when a visitor to Fayetteville discovered a 4.49-carat yellow diamond. Linden found her diamond in the west drain earth of the park’s 37.5-acre diamond exploration area, the surface of an ancient diamondiferous volcanic pipe.
“I saw it glow as soon as I turned the screen around and immediately knew it was a diamond,” Linden says. “I was shaking so much that I asked my mate to pull it out of the gravel for me.”
Liden placed the gem in a plastic bag and transported it to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, where staff confirmed he had found a large yellow diamond.
Linden says he worked for years putting together the raw materials to make his own engagement ring. He began to search for gold in his home country, and after five years he gathered enough materials for a ring. Linden and a friend arrived at the park on May 1 to search for diamonds for the ring, but didn’t expect to find such a large stone.
“I was just hoping to find a few smaller stones and had planned to buy a center stone later, but that won’t be necessary now,” says Linden.
According to Deputy Superintendent Dru Edmonds, “Mr. Liden’s diamond is light yellow, with a triangular shape and a sparkling metallic luster. Like most diamonds in the park, it does have a few inclusions, which makes it one of a kind.
“As beautiful as this diamond is, I think the best part is the story behind it,” Edmonds continued. “Since eighth grade, Mr. Liden has dreamed of creating a special ring for his future wife, with stones and gold that he mined himself, and now he can make that dream come true.
Large crater diamond seekers often choose to name their gemstones. Liden named his diamond the Washington Sunshine, “because it has a beautiful light yellow color, just like the sunlight in Washington.”
Diamonds come in all the colors of the rainbow. The three colors found at Crater of Diamonds State Park are white, brown, and yellow, in that order.
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