Tourist finds £22k 4-carat diamond while on holiday and is allowed to keep it

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A lucky tourist who stumbled upon a diamond worth over $22,000 (£16,171) in a national park has been told that she can keep her 'glinting' find.

Noreen Wredberg from California was on a hiking trip with her husband Michael Wredburg in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, US when she saw a shiny yellow object emerging from the ground, according to the park's press release.

“I didn’t know it was a diamond then, but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up,” she said.

Wredberg brought the stone to the Park’s authorities, who confirmed she had found a real diamond.

Officials say this is the largest diamond found at the popular park this year, and the biggest since a 4.49-carat canary yellow diamond was picked up off the ground last October — suggesting that this is a lucky time of year to pop down to the spot.

The park has an open diamond-bearing spot, and visitors often find gems laying on the surface of the field, although usually of a less valuable kind than Noreen's bounty.

Park Superintendent Caleb Howell described the stone in admiring terms, saying it was: "about the size of a jellybean, with a pear shape and a lemonade yellow colour."

“When I first saw this diamond under the microscope, I thought, ‘Wow, what a beautiful shape and colour’”

Although Noreen says she is still deciding what to do with the diamond, David Allen of Purely Diamonds told The Independent it could be worth tens of thousands:

“A diamond of this size would retail at anything from $20k to $30k depending on the intensity of the yellow. The more vivid and intense the colour of yellow the more valuable it becomes."

“While yellow diamonds are more common than other fancy coloured diamonds, they are still rarer than white diamonds and highly sought after. This is a wonderful find, and Noreen is a very lucky person.”

The largest diamond ever found in the United States, the famous so-called 'Uncle Sam', was unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds in 1924.

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