Apr 9th, 2013
In 1876 Charles Woods was digging on land he was renting in Eagle Wisconsin. He came across a stone he thought was quartz because of its smoky yellow color. He kept the stone but didn’t think anything of it. A few years later he and his family came on hard times and sold the stone to Samuel Boyton for $1.00. Boyton had the stone appraised and was shocked to discover it was a real diamond, weighing in around 16 carat.
The stone was sold to Tiffany’s for $850. After World War I J.P. Morgan purchased the stone and donated it to the Museum of Natural History.
At that time of the stone’s discovery, it was one of the largest ever recovered in the continental United States. The stone’s discovery location, however, is not adjacent to a natural diamond source. The Eagle Diamond may have been transported to its discovery site in southeastern Wisconsin by glaciers during one of the ice ages. The disappearance of the original diamond makes it impossible to determine its actual point of origin, but chances are it was somewhere between Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.
This diamond was one of the stones stolen by Murph the Surf along with the Star of India.
While the other diamonds were recovered, the Eagle Diamond was never seen again.
Most experts believe the stone was sold and re-cut into smaller diamonds.