​Man Discovers 2.89 Carat Diamond On Ground At Arkansas Park​​

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March 12, 2021

A man finds a 2.89 carat diamond at Arkansas park on March 6. The white gem was inside the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in the town of Murfreesboro, and the man says he will keep it.

Brand Kalenda couldn’t believe his eyes, and thought it was a prank at first.

Man Names 2.89 Carat Diamond

Kalenda loves the rock so much, he named it the “Jax Diamond” after his infant son Jackson.

Park Interpreter Margi Jenks said the diamond is the 47th to be registered by park visitors this year and is the fourth weighing more than a carat to be found since mid-February.

“Sure enough, Brandon found his diamond after searching for about 20 minutes in the Fugitt’s Bank area of the park’s search area,” Jenks said. “We encourage park visitors to look for pockets or layers on the surface of gravel, and search there.”

Jenks said Kalenda’s diamond is triangular-shaped with a metallic appearance and is about the size of an English pea. “No two diamonds in the rough are alike,” Jenks added. 

Arkansas State Park Event

Kalenda’s family decided to visit the park after a relative watched a segment of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” where the Duggar family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Jenks said conditions are “perfect” for diamond hunting at the park, noting recent rainfall and the fact that staff plowed the diamond search field at the end of January.

“Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search field leaving them exposed,” she said. “When the sun comes out, they’ll shine and be noticeable.”

Wow, can you just imagine finding a diamond of that size?