Garland Teen Finds 2-Carat Diamond in Arkansas State Park

Boy names stone after late mother

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 4:17 PM CDT
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Teen Finds 2-Carat Diamond in AR State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Collin's 1.99-carat stone.

A Garland teenager had a Spring Break he will never forget after finding a 1.99 carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Collin Flores, a 9th grader who traveled to the park with family friends, hoped to come away with a sparking souvenir.  Guests of the state park get to keep whatever diamonds they find -- after paying a $7 entrance fee ($4 for kids).

On Monday, Flores began looking across a field of mud when he spotted a light yellow, octahedral diamond sitting right on the surface.

The day before, heavy rains pounded Murfreesboro and diamond mine field -- which is great for diamond hunting, according to park officials.

Canary Hill, the area of the park where Flores found the stone, is named as such for a 17-carat canary-yellow diamond found in the area.

Flores decided to name the diamond Stacy, after his late mother. 

The value of the stone has not been revealed.

So far in 2012, 81 diamonds have been found in the park.

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