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AP - Tue Oct 23, 3:23 PM ET This photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism shows Eric Blake, 32, of Appleton, Wis., holding a 3.92-carat white diamond, next to a quarter, he found while digging at Crater of Diamonds State Park, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, with his fiancee in Murfreesboro, Ark. He spotted the stone along a trail at the Crater of Diamonds State Park when he set down a 70-pound bucket of mud that he was carrying to a wash basin. Blake found a 1.49-carat stone Monday. (AP Photo/Arkansas )








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MURFREESBORO, Ark. - A Wisconsin man digging at an Arkansas diamond park with his fiancee Tuesday found a 3.92-carat white stone, but the rock will go into his collection because his betrothed already has a ring and a setting.
 
Eric Blake, 32, of Appleton, Wis., spotted the stone along a trail at the Crater of Diamonds State Park when he set down a 70-pound bucket of mud that he was carrying to a wash basin. "I put the bucket down to switch hands. I looked down and there it was," Blake said.

Blake found a 1.49-carat stone Monday. The larger one is big enough to fashion into jewelry but Blake hadn't decided whether he will have it placed into a setting. "I only found it an hour ago," he said.

Blake, a carpenter, said his grandfather had taken him to the state park about 15 years ago and that he returns two to three times a year. "We usually find something," he said.

His fiancee Susan Gabrielson — who has "only one carat on her finger" — her daughter Sayde and Susan's sister Sarah accompanied Blake to the park this week. Susan found a 1.47-carat stone and some smaller gems Monday.

"We're going back out today. We'll take a lunch and then go back into the field," Blake said.

More than 700 diamonds have been found at the park this year.

The Crater of Diamonds park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public and visitors can keep the stones they dig up. The largest diamond ever found in the United States, the 40-carat white diamond named Uncle Sam, was unearthed in 1924 at the Murfreesboro park.
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                             Man finds 4.38-carat diamond at Arkansas park



   

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Chad Johnson has found about 80 diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park since moving to Murfreesboro in February, but the former Iowa resident on Monday nearly threw away his largest find yet.



A cube-shaped rock plucked out of his sifters turned out to be a 4.38-carat, tea-colored diamond.

"Every time someone finds a big diamond here at the park, they just get slammed with tourists," said Johnson, 36, a park regular. "This has already been a bad summer for tourists and they were looking forward to winding down and then this happened."

Johnson made the dig Saturday at the park, and left his equipment in a locker. When he came back Monday morning, he made the discovery.

Since moving to Arkansas, Johnson said he had gotten by selling the diamonds he found at the park. He only recently took a job at a local convenience store partly because he "got tired of selling diamonds to make ends meet."

Crater of Diamonds State Park, which opened in 1972, is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public. Visitors can keep the gems they unearth. The largest diamond found at the park was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight, a white diamond found by a Texas visitor in 1975.

Johnson's find is the second-largest diamond uncovered at the park this year. In June, a Louisiana man found a 4.8-carat diamond.

Overall, more than 700 diamonds have been found at the park this year.

Park officials declined to speculate how much money Johnson could raise from selling the diamond. Johnson suggested he expects much more than what he is used to getting.

"If someone offers me that much money, it's theirs," Johnson said.

But Johnson acknowledged he was relishing the find - and looked forward to making more.

"I can finish out the day even," Johnson said. 
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                                             Diamond State Park recognized





 Published: 11/06/2007

MURFREESBORO, Ark.—With park revenues increasing to $1.9 million, the Crater of Diamonds State Park was named the 2006-2007 Region IV Park of the Year and co-winner of the Outstanding Resource Management award by Arkansas State Parks.

Arkansas Parks Director Greg Butts presented the awards to park employees recently at the Diamond Discovery Center in the park and said the Crater of Diamonds State Park increased revenues from $968,004 to $1.9 million.

“Park Superintendent Tom Stolarz and the staff of Crater of Diamonds State Park bring credit to Arkansas with their outstanding and dedicated work. This award recognizes their efforts, the public’s response to those efforts and focuses on their exemplary work in all areas of park management over the past year,” said Butts.

He said the increase in revenue can be attributed to the publicity of the new “west drain trench” and the large diamond finds. The trench is created to help hunters find diamonds.

Park visitation increased 119 percent to 137,255 visitors, the highest in park history.

The park had dry, mild weather for a major portion of the year, and the discovery of several...


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