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Entertainment Man Finds 9-Carat Diamond He Thought Was Glass in Arkansas State Park: 'I Was in Complete Shock'

01:20  26 september  2020
01:20  26 september  2020 Source:   people.com

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A man discovered a 9 .07- carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the Kinard, a bank manager, said he and his friends hauled sifting equipment to the state park in " I was in complete shock !" Ginger Burton, Kinard's friend who was with him , posted a congratulatory

An Arkansas man visiting a state park uncovered a 9 - carat diamond that he initially thought was glass , officials said. Kevin Kinard, 33, a bank branch manager from Maumelle, had been exploring Crater of Diamonds State Park with pals when he picked up a marble-sized gem that had a rounded

a man wearing a hat: Arkansas State Parks Kevin Kinard with the diamond he found © Provided by People Arkansas State Parks Kevin Kinard with the diamond he found

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.

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Kevin Kinard with a 9 .07- carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park on Sept, 7, 2020, in Murfreesboro A bank manager discovered a 9 .07- carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass . “ I was in complete shock !”

A bank manager discovered a 9 .07- carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of Kinard said he and his friends hauled sifting equipment to the state park in Murfreesboro. Kinard noted that he 's been visiting Crater of Diamonds regularly

"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, who is a resident of Maumelle and currently works as a bank branch manager. "I was in complete shock!"

a close up of a sign: Arkansas State Parks Kevin Kinard's diamond discovery © Provided by People Arkansas State Parks Kevin Kinard's diamond discovery

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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.

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Kevin Kinard diamond Arkansas State park find . Photo courtesy, Arkansas Department of Parks An Arkansas man visiting a state park on Labor Day discovered a 9 - carat diamond that he initially I was in complete shock ,’ Kinard said of the 9.07- carat diamond . The only larger diamond found

Since he didn't think he had anything good, he decided to head back to the car without having his bag checked. It was only when his friend decided last minute to get hers Kinard was pulled into a private room, where the Crater of Diamonds State Park staff told him a 9 - carat diamond was in his bag.

During this trip, Kinard was joined by friends, who he noted brought equipment with them to wet sift. He, however, opted to do surface searching instead.

"I only wet sifted for about 10 minutes before I started walking up and down the plowed rows," Kinard said in the park's release. "Anything that looked like a crystal, I picked it up and put it in my bag."

After going through the park's 37.5-acre diamond search area for a few hours, the group decided to stop by the Discovery Center — but Kinard said he almost skipped out.

"I almost didn't have them check my finds, because I didn't think I had found anything," he explained. "My friend had hers checked, though, so I went ahead and had them check mine, too."

Arkansas State Parks The diamond that Kevin Kinard found © Provided by People Arkansas State Parks The diamond that Kevin Kinard found

Upon inspection by an employee and park managers, Kinard learned that his crystal — described by the park's Assistant Superintendent Dru Edmonds as "very large, with a brandy brown color," and a "rounded, dewdrop shape and a metallic shine" — was actually a nine-carat diamond.

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A bank manager discovered a 9 .07- carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after Kinard said he and his friends hauled sifting equipment to the state park in Murfreesboro. “ I was in complete shock !" Assistant Superintendent Dru Edmonds noted that conditions were ideal for Kinard

But discovering a 9 - carat diamond at a state park ? That was a find he wasn't prepared for. On Labor Day, Kinard hit it big – almost without knowing. Despite thinking what he found was glass , Kinard, who lives in Central Arkansas , picked up a marble-sized crystal that had a rounded, dimpled

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.

While it is unclear how much the diamond is worth, the park said a 3.03-carat white gem found in 1990 was cut into 1.09 carats and eventually sold in 1998 for $34,700 — meaning Kinard's diamond is likely worth thousands more.

a man wearing a hat: Kevin Kinard with the diamond he found © Arkansas State Parks Kevin Kinard with the diamond he found

"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 in a statement. "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."

a hand holding a piece of wood: Arkansas State Parks The diamond that Kevin Kinard found © Provided by People Arkansas State Parks The diamond that Kevin Kinard found

"I always love to see the reactions and excitement of our visitors when they find large diamonds," added Park Superintendent Caleb Howell. "When I met Mr. Kinard, it was immediately evident that he was shocked and speechless."

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Diamonds State Park , recently revealed that he managed to discover a 9 - carat diamond during Friendship Diamond unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in early September 2020. “ I was in complete shock ,” he added. “It weighs 9.07, and I found it on 9/7. I thought that was so

diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass . LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bank manager discovered a 9 .07- carat diamond at a state park in Kinard said he and his friends hauled sifting equipment to the state park in Murfreesboro.

Kinard eventually registered his diamond, naming it the "Kinard Friendship Diamond" in honor of his friends, and then went home to relish the moment. On Wednesday, he finally returned to the park to share his amazing story.

"It weighs 9.07, and I found it on 9/7. I thought that was so unique!" he said of the significance of his find, adding of the name, "[My friends and I] love to travel together and had such a great time out here. It was a very humbling experience."

For those who plan to visit the park in the future, Kinard has one piece of advice: "Have the park staff check everything because you never know. I would have never in a million years dreamed that I had found anything. Always have them check it!”


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