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In an Arkansas park, a man finds the 35,000th diamond

When he found a diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas earlier this month, a man reached two important milestones.

A press release from Arkansas State Parks says that Scott Kreykes of Dierks, Arkansas, found his 50th diamond of 2022. It was also the 35,000th diamond to be registered at the state park.

A press release said that Kreykes has found and registered more than 80 diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, over the past four years, 50 of which he found this year.

Kreykes was sifting through dirt in the diamond search area earlier this month. He took some of the sifted gravel home to look through later.

The rules of the park say that people can take home one five-gallon bucket of sifted gravel per day.

Kreykes found a small diamond while going through his gravel at home. A press release said that on September 6, he took it to the park's Diamond Discovery Center to get it registered.

The park staff wrote down that the diamond was a white 4-point diamond. According to the press release, diamonds smaller than a carat are measured in points. One carat is equal to 100 points.

Staff at Crater of Diamonds State Park also told Kreykes that his diamond was the 35,000th one found and recorded there since it opened in 1972.

The press release said that when Kreykes heard the news, he told the staff that he had goosebumps.

Kreykes was given a free two-night stay at an Arkansas state park and a special place to put his diamond and registration card as a reward, according to a press release.

The release says that Kreykes named his diamond Leo after his grandson.

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