Deer and Diamond Hunting in Southwest Arkansas
Glenn W. Worthington
Copyright 2012 by Glenn W. Worthington
Sixteen years ago my wife and I moved from Kansas City to rural Arkansas so I could continue my search for the diamonds that naturally occur there. I had unearthed my first ten diamonds at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park during the summer of 1978, and I wanted to find more. Now I have found over two hundred diamonds. My largest two are a flawless, 2.04-carat, fancy yellow discovered in 2009 and a 2.13-carat brown diamond I found in 2010.
The yellow diamond was naturally beautiful, and we have not had it cut. But we felt like the looks of the brown one could be improved with cutting. We sent this USA diamond to cutters in North Dakota. When we receive it back from the cutter on April 8, 2010, we were very pleased with it. Typically diamonds lose half of their original weight when they are cut. Our diamond had not lost that much. It still remained a fairly large and heavy diamond weighing in at 1.21 carats. And it looked beautiful! It no longer resembled brown rice at all. It had measured 4.4mm deep X 5mm wide X 10.9mm long when I found it. After cutting, it measured 3.70mm deep X 4.81mm wide X 10.70 mm long. So, it really did not lose much of its size at all.