July 4, 2013 now holds a special significance in the life of Richmond, Kentucky resident Terry Staggs, who unearthed a 2.95-carat champagne-brown diamond while sifting through the soil at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas on that day. In honor of his find on the anniversary of the nation’s birth, Staggs named the gem the “Patriot Diamond.”
Staggs has been traveling to the state park a couple of times each year for 28 years, and it is by far the largest that he has unearthed as a frequent patron of the park. Additionally, it is the largest of 304 diamonds unearthed by visitors thus far this year. Staggs’ gem was found as he walked the East Drain section of the 37.5-acre diamond search area, where he stopped often to examine sparkling objects on the surface.