Arkansas Man Discovers $32K Gem at State Park, Nearly Mistakes It For Coke Bottle

by Halle Ames

If you think you are having a good day, I bet this Arkansas man is having a better one. While searching through the gravel at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, one lucky man struck big with a diamond worth $32,000.

 Steven McCool, a 34-year-old Arkansas native, was digging around at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. It is the only diamond mine open to the public, with the first diamond being found in 1906. Over 75,000 lucky people have dug up the pricey gems since. 

On his eleventh, and probably last bucket of the day, McCool found a large stone in his pile. The mysterious rock was yellowish in color. 

“As my eyes were panning to it, I was thinking it could be an amber piece of glass like an old Coke bottle,” McCool recalled. “Once I focused on it though, I knew it was a diamond. I was like ‘No way! No way!”

According to Meghan Moore, the Assistant Superintendent at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the precious gem was a “4.49-carat, sparkling, canary yellow diamond”. The diamond was roughly “the size of a jelly bean.” 

Fox13 reported that the lucky man hasn’t decided whether we will sell the diamond or keep it yet. All we recommend is that he better hide it really well. 

“I’m torn. I’m somewhat sentimental. It’s my first diamond I found,” he said. “I am the first person to unearth this, the first person to touch it.” 

Being as sentimental as he is, he named the stone BamMam after his children’s initials. 

“What’s more precious than a precious gem? My children,” said McCool. “So, I named it after my children, and the name will stay with the diamond forever.”

Uncle Sam From Arkansas

In addition, the largest diamond ever unearthed at the park weighed 40.23 carats and got the name “Uncle Sam.” According to CNN, in 1971, Uncle Sam was cut down to 12.42 carats and sold for $150,000. To put that in perspective, that is nearly $800,000 in today’s money. 

[H/T Daily Mail]