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Louisiana man finds 2.89 carat white diamond at Ark. state site

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MURFREESBORO (KATV) – A 2.89 carat white diamond was found at Arkansas' diamond site Thursday by a Louisiana man.

Brandon Kalenda visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park while traveling from Louisiana to Minnesota. While he and his family searched the 37 ½-acre park, Kalenda unearthed the diamond.

Park Interpreter Margi Jenks released the following statement:

No two diamonds in the rough are alike. This is a triangular-shaped diamond with a metallic appearance, and it's about the size of an English pea… Brandon found his diamond after searching for about 20 minutes in the Fugitt's Bank area of the park's search area. We encourage park visitors to look for pockets or layers on the surface of gravel, and search there. That's exactly what Brandon was doing.

He named his stone the Jax Diamond after his infant son, Jackson.

Kalenda told park staff he plans to keep the diamond.