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Historic Diamonds Return to Arkansas

Glenn W. Worthington

Copyright 2012 by Glenn W. Worthington

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Valuable treasures are not just discovered in remote, mountain caves or on old, Civil War battlefields. Sometimes they can be found at rock and gem shows. Trustees of an Arkansas, mineral museum attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and ran across a historic collection of ten, uncut diamonds that had been mined in Arkansas in 1931. They purchased this lost treasure and brought them back to their native state to be permanently displayed. The following is the amazing story about these unique gems:

Historic Diamonds Return to Arkansas

My wife, Cindy, and I have been buying and selling uncut, Arkansas diamonds since 1996. We got a call from Wayne Leicht of Kristalle, a well-known mineral dealer in California. He was trying to help The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia sell ten diamonds from Arkansas believed to have been in their museum since 1933. These ranged in size from 43 points (that is just under a half carat because there are 100 decimal points of weight per carat) to 4.95 carats. The total weight of the collection was 22.91 carats! He wanted us to help him determine their value. We urged him not to even consider cutting them but to sell them as natural specimens. We agreed to appraise them for him and asked him to email us some photos because the value of gem depends upon the shape and purity of each diamond as much as it does the weight. But Wayne apparently got busy preparing to set up his large display for The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and he never sent us the photos.

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