A man from Washington has spent his whole life dreaming of discovering a raw diamond to utilise in the creation of a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for his future wife.

He just discovered a 2.2 carat diamond in Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Christian Liden of Poulsbo, Washington, travelled to Arkansas as part of his quest to design an engagement ring for his future bride, although the idea first occurred to him in eighth grade.

“Mr. Liden has dreamed of creating a special ring for his future wife, with stones and gold he mined himself,” said Assistant Superintendent Dru Edmonds. “And now he can make that dream come true!”

Before deciding to arrange his trip, he viewed films from others who had been successful in locating gems and gathered as much information as he could. Josh, who had been aware of Liden’s dream from the start, agreed to accompany him on his journey.

Liden and Josh left for Montana to dig sapphires on May 1. On May 7, the two landed in Arkansas after a successful first dig and a day in Yellowstone.

He discovered the diamond that would be his centre stone on the third day at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

“I saw it shining as soon as I turned the screen over and immediately knew it was a diamond,” he said. “I was shaking so bad I asked my buddy to grab it out of the gravel for me.”

The big yellow diamond has a carat weight of 2.20.

“Mr. Liden’s diamond is light yellow, with a triangular shape and a sparkling, metallic luster. Like most diamonds from the park, it contains a few inclusions, making it one-of-a-kind,” Edmonds said.

The day after he got home, Liden proposed. Yes, she said.

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