A North Carolina man who moved to Arkansas last year to devote five days a week to scouring Crater of Diamonds State Park for the gems has found his 50th diamond.
Park officials said today that Mike Ellison, from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, found a 2.18-carat white diamond on Sunday at the park near Murfreesboro in southwest Arkansas.
The diamond found Sunday was the largest Ellison had found. Park Interpreter Rachel Engebrecht said the diamond looks like a sparkling piece of ice and appears to be internally flawless.
Ellison, who temporarily relocated to the Murfreesboro area last August to search for the diamonds, said he would sell the diamond for the right price.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to searching by the public. Ellison's stone is the 273rd diamond discovered at the park this year.
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