American finds two-carat diamond in park, asks girlfriend to marry him

Christian Liden always wanted to make a grandiose marriage proposal, with a personalized engagement ring that he would make himself by going into the wild in search of gold, precious stones, and of course, a diamond. “For me, it’s a perfect way to find an engagement ring, he told the Washington Post. In fact, it’s even the only way. I can’t imagine not making it myself. ”

In May, the 26-year-old, who lives near Seattle, decided it was time to put his plan into action. He and his girlfriend, Desirae Klokkevold, have been together for five years. “I knew I wanted to marry her and I also wanted to surprise her”, explained Christian Liden. 1is May, so he left with his best friend Josh for Arkansas, Crater of Diamonds State Park de Murfreesboro, more than 3,500 kilometers from his home. He had told his partner that they were going camping in Yellowstone.

33,000 diamonds discovered at the Crater of Diamonds

The Crater of Diamonds Park is one of the only diamond sites in the world accessible to the public. It is therefore possible to look for precious stones there and keep them if they are found. About 33,000 diamonds have been discovered in this park since it opened in 1972, says Waymon Cox, a guide to the site. “Thousands of people come every year to search for diamonds. On average, we discover one or two a day. “ Most are small and weigh only a quarter of a carat (one carat = 0.2 grams).

Christian Liden had already collected enough gold to make the engagement ring, and during the trip, the young man and his friend stopped in Montana to collect some sapphires. When they arrived in Arkansas, they quickly got to work. Christian had obviously planned everything: buckets, shovels, sieves. On the third day, the young man suddenly spotted a stone shining in the middle of his sieve: a yellow diamond, a little bigger than a pea. “I knew immediately what it was. I was so excited that I started to shake and called Josh to come and watch. ”

The two friends quickly put the stone in a bag and went to show it to the park office, where they were confirmed to be a 2.2-carat yellow triangular diamond. It is the largest found in the park since October, when a visitor found one weighing 4.49 carats. Only one in 10,000 visitors is lucky enough to find a diamond that weighs more than one carat, Waymon Cox said. Diamonds like the one found by Christian Liden may be worth between 2,500 and 20,000 dollars per carat. But that’s not what interests him: “For me, it is priceless, I found Desirae’s diamond.”

Once back home, Christian took advantage of a walk in the forest with his girlfriend to tell her the truth about his trip. “I took the diamond out of my pocket and knelt down. I told Desirae that I would like to draw a ring for her if she would marry me. “ The young woman, amazed, had tears in her eyes, according to her own story: “I knew he was going to ask me one day, but I didn’t expect that!” Obviously, I said yes. I’m so happy!”

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