A 7-year-old girl found a 2.95-carat diamond on her birthday.
Aspen Brown paid a visit to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park with her father and grandmother on Sept. 1.
Her discovery is the second-largest diamond recorded in the park this year.
How does a website primarily focused on gifting find itself talking about a state park in Arkansas? Well, one might argue that our nation's robust national and state park systems are a gift to everyone—a gift we don't truly repay.
For example, did you know the Arkansas State Park system turned 100 years old this year? And what did you do to celebrate, huh?
Before you scoff at the idea, know that one 7-year-old girl decided to celebrate her birthday at one of Arkansas' many state parks and came away with quite the birthday gift.
Aspen Brown paid a visit to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park with her father and grandmother to celebrate her birthday, according to a press release from the park. Crater of Diamonds State Park is "one of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source," and evidently, that's just what Brown had hoped to do.
What happened next led to the park's second-largest registered diamond find this year and the first recorded discovery since the conclusion of a recent excavation project on the site.
"She got hot and wanted to sit down for a minute, so she walked over to some big rocks by the fence line. Next thing I know, she was running to me, saying, ‘Dad! Dad! I found one!'" her father, Lester Brown, said.
After revealing "a gem about the size of a green pea," Aspen and her family went to the park's Diamond Discovery Center to have the object analyzed. There, it was confirmed that she had indeed found a diamond, and a 2.95-carat one at that.
"Aspen’s diamond has a golden-brown color and a sparkling luster. It is a complete crystal, with no broken facets and a small crevice on one side, created when the diamond was formed," the park's assistant superintendent, Waymon Cox, said. "It’s certainly one of the most beautiful diamonds I’ve seen in recent years."
Sure, when this kid finds a diamond in an Arkansas park, she gets a press release about it. But when I show up in Central Park with a hard hat and pickaxe, I get asked to leave. I see how it is, New York...
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