Halloween Treat: Man finds 4.49-carat yellow diamond in Arkansas Park


  • Steven McCool discovered a canary yellow diamond the size of a jellybean in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
  • The 34-year-old found the 4.49-carat gem while wet-sifting through the dirt. on Saturday.
  • McCool named the diamond after his kids, calling it “BamMam.”

Halloween in the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Steven McCool found himself a special treat. He’d intended to go home, however, stayed because it recently rained, making conditions good for possibly finding a diamond.

Using screens and water, he sifted through his eleventh bucket of the day and found a jellybean-sized, 4.49 carat sparkling canary yellow diamond. The thirty-four-year-old said that it’s the first diamond he’s found. In the park’s press release, he described how he’s “blown away” by the diamond’s beauty, clarity, and rarity.

“I’m somewhat sentimental. It’s my first diamond I found,” McCool said. “I am the first person to unearth this, the first person to touch it. It’s hard to wrap my head around it. I am blown away by the clarity, the beauty, how rare it is. I’m definitely blessed, not lucky. It was the Lord’s work.”

Initially, McCool thought his discovery was simply an amber piece of glass, maybe from a Coke bottle, but soon realized just how special what he found was.

The sentimental man was able to pocket his wonderful find just 30 minutes before the park’s closing time. He decided to name the diamond “BamMam”, after the initials of his “precious” kids- a 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. McCool said he’d called his son after making his discovery and told him he’d found him “Thanos’s Mind Stone.”

Meghan Moore, Crater of Diamonds State Park Assistant Superintendent, said that McCool’s “stunning” diamond is an “extraordinarily rare” find, especially because it’s rare to find diamonds that size while wet sifting.

The usual method to find larger diamonds is through surface searching. That’s how Kevin Kinard discovered his own 9.07-carat diamond at the state park back in September.

The largest diamond ever discovered in the US was found in the same area in 1924. It was a 40.23 carat white diamond with a pink cast that was named Uncle Sam.

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Source: People

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