A metro teen unearths a gem at an Arkansas state park that could be worth thousands of dollars. The 14-year-old found a nearly four carat canary diamond Saturday with her family.
Tana Clymer has been told her rare find could be worth anywhere between $15,000 to $60,000. She's already named the diamond "God's Jewel."
Tucked away in the hills of Arkansas, some 300 miles away from Oklahoma City, is the only public diamond-producing site in the world. At Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park, it's finders keepers. It's a place where finding a real gem or that precious diamond on your own is possible.
"I'm still in shock," Clymer said.
For Clymer, her family trip was a one-of-a-kind experience.
"Whenever I found it, I asked my dad if it was a dream, and I said, don't pinch me, and I keep saying that till this day," Clymer said.
After more than two hours of digging and searching, Clymer started looking on the surface and spotted something out the corner of her eye.
"I feel like God told me to slow down and look at the ground, and out the corner of my eye, I see something shining."
At first, the teen thought it was a candy wrapper, or maybe a marble. She took a closer look and poked the diamond with a stick. Suddenly, she says she knew she may have just found something very special.
"I screamed, 'Nom!' And I, like, ran as fast as I could toward my parents with it, like closed in my fist," Clymer said.
"I would say I was about maybe 20 yards from her, and I looked back, and said, ah, you know, because the other kids have been saying they found something all day and it turned out to be just some rocks, so I didn't think much of it," said Tana's dad, Brian Giordano. "But she came up to me and showed me, and I instantly knew that she had something."
"Everybody's kinda like, man, why would she find it, you know. I mean you're kind of all out there searching, and the kids are kind of jealous," said Tana's mom, Amanda Giordano.
Brian and Amanda Giordano had no idea their daughter may have just took their family trip to another level.
Tana says she took a moment, went off in the distance, and said a prayer.
"I said Lord, thank you. Thank you for everything that you have done. I am so blessed, and I can't believe you chose to give this to me. In your grace I will name the diamond after you," said Clymer. "And that's where the name, ‘God's Jewel' came from."
"When I heard her say that prayer, I just felt like she deserves it more than anybody else. It was meant to be," Amanda Giordano said.
Clymer and her parents still not aren't sure how much the diamond is worth. But, whatever the value is, Clymer plans to put it towards her college education.