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Some years later he was playing a board game called Masterpiece in which players attempt to outbid one another for artwork at an auction.
And the crown jewel of the park has been the "Strawn-Wagner Diamond," a comparatively small 3.09 carat diamond, that was dug up in 1990, and expertly cut down to 1.90 carat.Despite its smaller size, the Strawn-Wagner stands out because it was given a "Perfect" rating by the American Gem Society -- the first diamond to ever receive such a high grade.The Hoxne Hoard is now on permanent display at the British Museum, drawing thousands of people every year. It might surprise you to hear that he wasn't digging in one of the famous South African diamond mines at the time, but was near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, at a site that is now the Crater of Diamonds State Park. No matter how valuable it is." Bassum's big find -- nicknamed "The Uncle Sam Diamond," the largest diamond ever discovered in North America -- was later cut down to 12.42 carat and sold for 0,000 in 1971 (About 0,000 today).Sadly, there is no word on whether or not the hammer was ever found. Sitting on top of a volcanic pipe (a geologic tube formed by an ancient underground volcanic explosion), the park is the only diamond site in the world that is open to the public. But his wasn't the last valuable rock dug out of that Arkansas soil.They're not all as big as The Uncle Sam Diamond, but maybe you'll get lucky. Mental Floss: 10 diamond-encrusted things you don't need If getting your hands dirty isn't your idea of fun, maybe you should start hitting garage sales and thrift stores to find valuables buried among the castoff bread machines and Members Only jackets. Michael Sparks was visiting a Nashville thrift store, where he bought a candleholder, a set of salt and pepper shakers, and a yellowed print of the Declaration of Independence.
Sometimes, one man's trash really is another man's treasure. The Declaration of (financial) Independence We've all heard of the man who bought a painting at a garage sale, found an original copy of the Declaration of Independence inside, and sold it for .4 million. Sparks figured the document was a worthless, modern reprint, so he paid the asking price -- .48 -- and headed home.
But don't think this list of big gems means the site has been tapped out.
On average, two diamonds are found every day at Crater of Diamonds.
As required by British law, the so-called "Hoxne Hoard" was reported to the local authorities, who declared it a "Treasure Trove," meaning it was now legally the property of Britain.
However, the government is required to pay fair market value for a treasure trove, meaning the farmer and Lawes split a cool £1.75 million (about .8 million). Bassum found a giant of a gemstone in 1924 -- a 40.23 carat diamond.
Of those 200, 35 had been found intact; he had number 36.