Jackpot: Man Discovers 2.2 Carat Diamond While Panning For Engagement Ring Materials

Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape. Diamonds are certainly one Washington man’s best friend.

Since eighth grade, rock-enthusiast Christian Liden, 26, has dreamed of creating his own engagement ring for his future wife. He has been searching for the raw rock to create the perfect ring for years, and he already has panned enough gold for the band.

Last month, while panning at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, Linden found a 2.20-carat yellow diamond.

Arkansas State Park

“I saw it shining as soon as I turned the screen over and immediately knew it was a diamond,” Liden said in a news release from the park. “I was shaking so bad, I asked my buddy to grab it out of the gravel for me!”

State Parks of Arkansas

Liden’s find is the biggest find since October, when a 4.49 carat gem was discovered. This year, over 120 diamonds have been uncovered in the park- each one completely unique and one-of-a-kind.

“Mr. Liden’s diamond is light yellow, with a triangular shape and a sparkling, metallic luster. Like most diamonds from the park, it contains a few inclusions, making it one-of-a-kind,” assistant superintendent Dru Edmond said in a statement. 

Before heading back home to Washington, the treasure hunter plans to hunt for opals and other gems for the handcrafted ring.

In the immortal words of Rihanna, “Shine bright like a diamond.”

Written by Abigale Racine