(PCM) A off-shore steward by the name of Dean Filppula is counting his lucky stars after he recently stumbled upon the find of a lifetime at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
Filppula was able to unearth a very valuable 2.01-carat yellow diamond, that was about the size of an English pea and just so happens to be the largest of the 20 yellow diamonds that were discovered in the park this year. The park staff had also reportedly just plowed the fields to bring more diamonds up to the surface.
Filppula’s timing for his diamond searching was ideal as it had just rained about two days before his visit, which washed all the loose soil away from the diamond search area. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public site in the world where people, after paying a small fee, can dig for diamonds and surprisingly get to keep whatever they dig up.
The area was littered with gemstones after an ancient explosion and was officially named a state park back in 1972. More than 750,000 diamonds have been unearthed in the area of the park which spans some 900 acres.
There has been no official word on how much Filppula will get for the diamond, but a similar diamond discovered in the park in the past fetched close to $20,000. Filppula does plan to sell and has named the diamond after his mother’s initials calling it the Meft Diamond.