After Teen Finds Diamond, She Names It After the Person Who Helped Her Find it: God

Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at this site since its discovery in 1906 — and on Saturday, another diamond was found.

14-year-old Tana Clymer discovered a 3.85-carat diamond, making it the 396th found this year. The teen had this to say about her discovery, which could be worth tens of thousands of dollars:

Tana Clymer (AP)

“Then, when I touched it, I thought it was a marble. I think God pointed me to it. I was about to sprint to join my family, and God told me to slow down and look. Then, I found the diamond!

Of course He did…

Clymer has since named the diamond “God’s Jewel,” but she’s far from original. Just a couple of months ago, a 12-year-old boy found a 5.16-carat diamond in the same park. He named his find “God’s Glory Diamond.”

I know they’re just kids, but surely there’s a better explanation than a Higher Power to explain why people keep finding jewels in a park where thousands have been found over time. Will anyone volunteer to teach them about logical fallacies?

In the meantime, next time my keys get lost, I’ll just slow down, look around, and start talking to God. And then, I’ll stop wasting my time and retrace my steps.

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.

  • Carla

    I’m no good at teaching fallacies, but I’d be happy to teach them a little about privilege and suffering. How spoiled and entitled do you have to be to believe that a deity is pointed a well-off white kid to diamonds while he can’t be bothered to point poor children towards food?

    • The Other Weirdo

      Too bad can’t like +10000

    • Timmah

      You can’t tithe free food back to him. Duh.

    • JA

      I wonder if God pointed that kid in Africa to the diamond he found today. You know, the kid digging in a riverbed with his hands as guards armed with AK-47s stand watch and shoot those who look like they might be trying to hide a diamond under their tongue.

  • Matt Potter

    I simply feel sorry for her. She is most likely mimicking behavior that has been forced upon her. I hope when she gets a little older she’ll have the chance to see just how sad it really is that God would waste a single second on something so trivial when there is unimaginable suffering across the world.

    • rldkfl

      She most likely is going to imprint same behavior on her children. That is why God have billion followers today :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Per the link to the Fox news article, “Her gem is the 396th diamond found so far this year at the park in southern Arkansas”. Thus, more than one diamond every day.

    Thus, this god is VERY BUSY helping people find diamonds that already exist at a diamond park where the people have already come to find diamonds.

    Given how busy this god is at this site, that explains why he has no time to save millions of children per year from malaria, starvation, etc.

    • Carla

      Must be an angel sent by god to help good people find diamonds then. No other explanation for how so many people could be finding diamonds in a known diamond pit. Praise the lawd.

      • GubbaBumpkin

        Pit? Wait a minute… that’s not God, it’s SATAN!

    • Victor

      $$$$

    • baal

      I want god to help me find diamonds on my kitchen. It’d save a trip to the diamond pit to find diamonds.

      • Alierias

        I keep asking for that winning lottery ticket, to no avail :(

  • kielc

    I maintain that this sort of perspective — that God is helping ME [find a diamond, get a job, remember to call my mother, etc., etc.] — is a manifestation of borderline pathological narcissism, or at least, an unhealthy level of self-centeredness.

    • kielc

      Just a socially acceptable form of Truman Show Syndrome.

    • God’s Starship

      This is the god of finding empty parking spaces. He’s looking out for you in every minor way, but all those unfortunate poor people just have to lift themselves up by their bootstraps!

      • The Other Weirdo

        Well, that’s actually very biblical.

    • LesterBallard

      Borderline?

  • C Peterson

    It’s a tragedy, really, kids this young with their minds already damaged. And we know that the majority will never recover from this damage.

  • Mick

    I wonder if the child immediately noticed god’s guiding hand or whether the feeling became more apparent after her parents had a little chat with her?

  • observer

    But surely as a good christian she’ll sell the diamond, and use the money for charity, right?

  • Victor

    So young and already so brainwashed. A young mind is a terrible thing to waste!

  • JenniferT

    Awww, your imaginary friend helped you find a diamond, did he? That’s nice, dear…

  • TheG

    I’m sorry, but I’ve seen “Beautiful Girls” and know what to call that thing she found: piss.

    Truly, this is the ugliest thing to come out of the earth since Geraldo Rivera:

  • L.Long

    Its nice to see a kid that has been so brainwashed by her parents that her hard work counts as NOTHING! I always give my kids and G’kids FULL credit for doing well and sympathetic blame/and encouragement when doing wrong.
    I royally HATE the sermon on the mount, as it is the biggest piece of tripe & lies the xtians push.
    Gawd gave her a piece of fancy rock while allowing hundreds to starve, grow up girl and learn to THINK!!!!

  • Jim Tarvin

    Is she going to give god his share of the diamond, I mean it seems that since he is so busy helping folks to find such treasures, he might want a cut.

  • Pattrsn

    Just when you think that christians can’t get any creepier

  • cryofly

    http://www.psypost.org/2013/10/supernatural-experiences-trigger-religious-donations

    Hope she will give it to me. And by the way, god does not care for you, there are too many football teams for the dude to worry about… on multiple universes.

  • sam

    “Just a couple of months ago, a 12-year-old boy found a 5.16-carat diamond in the same park. He named his find “God’s Glory Diamond.””
    That’s amazing! At this very same state park a month ago, a priest was found with a 12 year-old boy in the park’s bathroom stall. The priest named his find “God’s Glory Hole”. What are the odds?!

  • Lindsey Stock

    Is a diamond really worth that much? Why? Because they’re “rare”? How rare can they be if thousands of people can just go pick them up off the ground? Diamonds are not that freaking special! Sorry for the tangent, just, christ I hate those stupid rocks. They’re overrated, over-priced, not that pretty, and most of them come to us through the blood and sweat of people from exploited third world countries, which is especially horrible when you consider the fact that we can just produce perfectly good gems in labs, with fewer blemishes than they have naturally.

    • badgerchild

      I have a very high-quality chunk of the mineral charoite in my pocket as a worry stone. It is the size of a small chicken egg, but flat (about 14mm). A diamond this size would be a famous national treasure, under guard in a museum. Diamonds arise from well-understood natural processes that can be easily duplicated in a factory. Charoite arose, as best as can be reconstructed, when a rare geological formation met another rare geological formation and an unlikely geological event happened along the boundary. People have lost track of the amount of diamonds ever mined or made. You can find them on everyone’s body, in every other retail store, in every factory. Diamond mines exist on every permanently inhabited continent. The only known location where charoite was ever found, a single mine in remote Siberia, was mined out in less than a hundred years. I bought the pocket piece for thirty dollars. A thirty-dollar diamond would be barely visible.

    • GubbaBumpkin

      They’re overrated, over-priced, not that pretty, and most of them come
      to us through the blood and sweat of people from exploited third world
      countries,…

      Overlooking the possibility that Arkansas might be considered a third world country, at least this is a public park where anyone can go and find their own diamond. It would be kind of neat to do that.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      De Beer, the diamond company, controls somewhere around 80% of the global diamond supply. They artificially keep the price of the rocks high. I feel the same way about gold. It’s an element, but it has no inherent value.

      • islandbrewer

        The actual “useful” diamonds used for industrial purposes (drill bits, lathes, etc.) are those that aren’t pretty enough for jewelry. And those come pretty cheap.

      • Stev84

        They also made up the “custom” that engagement rings need to contain a diamond.

        • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

          Indeed, though the movie industry helped. They needed something for jewelry that would sparkle under the cameras (black and white days), so got together with DeBeers to basically market diamonds for them.

      • badgerchild

        Gold has amazing value in electronics. It also has plenty of medical uses. Don’t hate it because it’s pretty. :) Fun fiction fact: in the Land of Oz, gold, because of its malleability, beauty, and abundance (!), was used as if it was a cold-formable plastic for various applications.

      • Jason Hinchliffe

        No raw resource has “inherent value”. It’s value begins with the labour required to procure it. It grows from there based on supply and demand.

    • The Other Weirdo

      Who wants to start of a marriage on any basis other than blood, sweat and tears of exploited people in 3rd world? I know I certainly wouldn’t.

      • allein

        I always say I’d rather get a puppy than an engagement ring. People think I’m joking but I’m not.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      There’s a cracked.com article about MMOs and virtual economies which points out that objectively, video game gear is more valuable than diamonds. Diamonds just look pretty. Virtual armor and weapons look pretty AND help you slay monsters.

  • Jason Hinchliffe

    Petty. Very petty. Running stories like this makes you seem quite the twat. You should probably reflect on your standards. This lacks any gravity, and appeases no one who isn’t looking to just point a finger and snigger at someone’s ignorance.

    • flyb

      Yeah, well, gravity is “just a theory” and all anyway, you little [insert misogynist ad hominem slur here].

      • Jason Hinchliffe

        Clearly, I have won this argument. Thank you for verifying that.

    • Matt D

      Laughing at foolish behavior has been a form of entertainment for eons, whether you like it or not.

      • Jason Hinchliffe

        Perhaps for weak people. I prefer to take on opponents that actually present a challenge. Which is why this is all the time I have for you.

        • Matt D

          I don’t have time to coddle a self centered person who thinks people that don’t share their humor is a “weakness”, so feel free to find some more “challenging” opponents on public blogs you can feign victories with.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          Gosh you’re tough.

    • The Other Weirdo

      How is it petty?

      • Jason Hinchliffe

        It’s about a kid finding a diamond. We are laughing at a kid, for a misguided belief so we can stand back and sprout our peacock tail of superiority. When Christians try to pass laws to stifle freedom is when we need to speak out. When our rights are being trampled is when wee need to speak out. This act does not affect anyone anywhere. Hence, pointing it out amounts to nothing more than petty bullying of a person for their beliefs. She has a right to think God guided her, as misguided as that may be. As it doesn’t affect us, we should leave it alone.

        • The Other Weirdo

          Actually, it does affect us. She may grow up to pass those very laws you’re worried about. Maybe pointing out the absolute self-centredness of a person who claims God guided her hand to a diamond when there are swathes of peoples–many of them actually believers in the same God–who are suffering terribly from lack of basic staples will cause her to stop and think and change her potential behaviour in the future. Or, maybe, reading this post will cause her friends to shame her.

          Fighting those laws as they’re being passed is tantamount to an outright loss. The proper battle to fight is when those people are still young enough to change. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and is better for you than a metric ton of cure after you get sick.

          • Neoconsaredicks

            Right on the money TOW !!

          • Jason Hinchliffe

            I like the idea about getting “her friends to shame her”. We should use peer pressure and stigmatization to control free expression. Great thinking! Also, you must remember, that the broad strokes effect far more than the small ones. General information about logic and reason, and the access to it, is what is changing the opinion of youth. Not tarring and feathering defenseless misguided children.

            • badgerchild

              “We should use peer pressure and stigmatization to control free expression. Great thinking!”

              We’d say the same about any other form of “free expression” that shows her ignorance and inability to make appropriate choices. It’s also legal to be, say, racist. But we don’t tolerate that sort of “expression” in children unless we are ourselves ignoramuses of the same kind.

              • Jason Hinchliffe

                Her choices hurt no one, upend the freedom of no one, impede on no one’s property or hurt the reputation of anyone. For you to compare to a child thanking a god for helping her find a diamond to racism is ignorant and ridiculous. Other world views are acceptable, even if we find them ridiculous.

                • busterggi

                  “Her choices hurt no one, upend the freedom of no one, impede on no one’s property or hurt the reputation of anyone.”

                  You left off the important word at the end of that – yet.

                • Jason Hinchliffe

                  Good point! You haven’t done anything yet either (I assume), but good thing you’ve suggested this amendment to due process! I’ll have the FBI stop by and pick you up for the drug crimes you have not committed yet.

                • busterggi

                  But unlike believers I don’t claim to be god’s chosen person – she does, anything she does can be claimed to be god’s will and therefor good.

                • Jason Hinchliffe

                  WOO! You are FUN! And by fun, I mean, uproariously stupid. Let’s play a game! Go back over all my posts, and point out where I said that belief justifies anything! Go for it! We all know that rights are bounded by the restriction that you can not infringe on someone else’s liberty! Even if your imaginary sky friend says you should!

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            “Shame”? Oh HELL no. At worst they should just explain it to her. She’s oblivious, not hateful.

            • The Other Weirdo

              Shame is good, clean fun for the whole family to enjoy, not just the weird Uncle Henry who’s never allowed to bounce little kids on his knee anymore. Not since… Ooh, look, that is an awesome painting.

        • busterggi

          “She has a right to think God guided her”

          Yeah, and when she becomes a Christian terrorist & kills someone because god told her to you’ll still excuse her.

          • Jason Hinchliffe

            Well that would be hurting someone wouldn’t it? Why would I excuse a criminal act, when my specific defense of her belief (if you actually read) was that she isn’t hurting anyone? For a group of supposedly “rational thinkers” you people are shockingly stupid (particularly you). Really, this is quite a bit dumber than her belief. Poor effort. I recommend a remedial reading class for you.

            • busterggi

              “Well that would be hurting someone wouldn’t it? ”

              But it would be god’s orders, god’s will – isn’t disobeying god evil?

              • Jason Hinchliffe

                Wow, this is like beating up a toddler! No! Have you figured out I’m an atheist? Or are you busy projecting a stereotype? I bet you are! That would explain your head-in-ass level of logic. Let’s review sweetness: As long as she isn’t hurting anyone, or infringing on their liberty, she has a right to her belief. That means that if she decided god wanted her to rape you and murder you that would be wrong (even if it strengthened the gene pool as a result, assuming you didn’t impregnate her during the rape).

                • busterggi

                  “Have you figured out I’m an atheist? ”
                  Most atheists don’t write like apologists.

      • badgerchild

        It took on the pettiness of the mind of its beholder, natch.

    • TCC

      Did you miss the part where Hemant pointed out the fallacious thinking involved here? I think that any rational person should be able to agree that such thinking is not, you know, good.

      • Jason Hinchliffe

        No, and neither did you, the post is by Lauren Lane, who clearly should be more cautious with the use of her fancy art degrees. As it stands, this is nothing but a bunch of elitist snobbery with no substance. Yes, we all know the child is misguided. I’m glad you’ve all enjoyed turning your noses up and feeling superior, and in the process making atheists look like a bunch of intolerant morons.

        • TCC

          Mea culpa on the attribution (which is a shame, because Lauren is awesome), but “elitist snobbery” is a bit ridiculous. This isn’t just the immature thinking of a child; plenty of adults think the same thing. That this example comes from a fourteen-year-old should amplify how ridiculous it is, despite the fact that you could cut this girl a little bit of slack for her age. It’s not about feeling superior or being intolerant; that’s just fucking asinine.

  • Elddim Eman

    “Will anyone volunteer to teach them about logical fallacies?”

    For starters, will anyone teach them about basic geology?

  • Kodie

    I didn’t know you’re supposed to name your diamonds.

    • GubbaBumpkin

      There’s no Hope for you.

      • Timmah

        AHHHHHHHH HA HA….. AHHHHH I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

    • islandbrewer

      I’m naming mine Lil’ Cthulhu Poop.

    • Greg G.

      I’m naming the diamond in the engagement ring I gave to my wife the “Hope We Can Sell It for Food When Inflation Swallows My Fixed Retirement Income”.

      • Drakk

        If they keep records, I’m calling mine “; DROP TABLE Diamonds ;–”

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Oh a somewhat related note, eventually the diamond market will crash. They can artificial produce diamonds now that are as good if not better quality that natural diamonds.

  • calesuar

    Religious Child Indoctrination robs children of their Reason >> Critical Thinking, at least, which we need not only to survive but to thrive in our societies. It’s simply child abuse.

  • ShoeUnited

    God’s Keys, God-Last-Cream-Filled-Donut, God Pocket Lint.

    Maybe we’ve just been looking at the god of the gaps argument all wrong. It isn’t that he’s all powerful and getting reduced constantly by breakthroughs in science; it’s that he’s actually one of those shoe maker helper elves and can only do small unseen things.

    Explains why he hasn’t done anything for cancer and infant mortality for centuries.

    • Shrek

      What do you mean he hasn’t done anything for cancer and infant mortality for decades? Isn’t he the one who provides scientists with their brains and inspires them to find treatments? ;)

      • The Other Weirdo

        No. Scientists are of the Devil and must be resisted. Prayer is the proper solution to illness.

      • JohnnieCanuck

        Well, since He is the Omnipotent Being that He is, He’s responsible for the cancer and the infant mortality in the first place, though His worshippers aren’t supposed to notice that.

        The only reason He allows scientists and doctors to cure them is so He can be given the credit.

  • Don Gwinn

    This is my public pledge: if I ever find a jewel worthy of a name (not sure how they decide that?) I will name it “The Acorn of the Blind Hog.”
    I promise.

    • busterggi

      Is that William Hodgson’s Hog?

  • Goape

    Since diamonds take millennia to form (not 1000′s of years), perhaps “God’s prank” would be a better name.

    Hopefully these kids use their diamonds to go to a non-christian university and learn something worthwhile—or practice what they (purportedly) preach and donate the money to a good charity.

    • The Other Weirdo

      Umm… Millennia is plural of millennium, which is 1000 years. So, 1000′s of years, although really 1000s of years, is the same as saying millennia.

      • Goape

        Yep. I hang my head.

  • Bdole

    He named his find “God’s Glory Diamond.”

    Yes, plucked from god’s glory hole, it would seem. I need to pay a visit to this place.

  • Stev84

    Yeah, I facepalmed when I read that story.

  • John Gills

    I’m glad to see that most comments deal with the cruel capriciousness of a god who would reward a few and abandon many. I also know we need to give this young lady time to think and examine the world around her – spoken as one who prayed nightly until he was in his mid-twenties.

  • meanidea

    Some girl naming a diamond after her patron deity doesn’t really bother me. An atheist sharing her superstitious spelling convention, however, is somewhat annoying.

  • Greg G.

    God told me to slow down and put my hand in my pocket. I discovered a disk with a high silver content. I’m calling it the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Coin because it has an uncanny natural resemblance to him.

  • rg57

    In our times, it’s not unusual for the word “glory” to mean “penis”. And, I wish I could remember where I read it so I could cite it, but I did read someone’s research claiming that certain Bible passages referring to “glory” in the context of “God” were also referring to “penis”.

    In any case, “God’s Glory Diamond” reminds me of some interesting pendants you can get, complete with jewelled drop of … something. Perhaps some are diamond.

  • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com/ Robert Madewell

    She went the park to find diamonds. She searched for diamonds in one of the few places on earth that diamonds are found. She found a diamond. Yep, must be God!

  • Brian

    And since God pointed her where to find the diamond, im guessing this means she will be donating all of the profits for selling the diamond to her church. right? right?


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