A 25-year-old Tulsa woman has found a 2.65 carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
According to a news release from the park, Victoria Brodski picked up the stone Saturday, May 6, 2017 about 10 minutes after entering the park because she thought it was a pretty piece of glass.
Brodski says she didn't realize it might be a diamond until hours later after visiting an information center to see what an uncut diamond looks like. Park staff then confirmed it was a diamond.
“I was looking at pictures of diamonds on display and noticed their similarity to what I had found,” Brodski said.
Officials say Brodski’s diamond was one of three found on the surface on May 6. It is the second-largest diamond found so far in 2017, topped only by the 7.44-carat brown diamond found by a 14-year-old.
Park interpreter Waymon Cox said the diamond is smooth and appears to be free of blemishes, but the park doesn't estimate the worth of diamonds.
“Mrs. Brodski’s diamond is one of the more beautiful brown diamonds I’ve seen from the park. It’s about the size of a bead, with a dark brown color, like raw honey. It has a smooth, rounded surface and appears free of blemishes, inside and out,” said Waymon Cox.
In the release, Brodski dubbed her gem the "Michelangelo Diamond," because her family decided to use the names of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as code words, in case any of them found anything.
Brodski plans to sell the diamond and share the money with her family.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Arkansas Highway 301 in Murfreesboro.