How one lucky diver stumbled upon a $100,000 diamond nestled in a coral reef, and the generous offer he made to fellow cruisers
- A Bundaberg man found a $100,000 diamond while diving on a cruise ship
- Now he has revealed how he found the jewel nestled in a reef and grabbed it
- He checked with other passengers to see if it was theirs before claiming it.
- The massive rock was valued at $100,000 and is now in a safe at his home.
A queensland The man has revealed how he saw a glittering $100,000 diamond nestled amongst a coral reef while diving on a cruise ship.
Bundaberg man Stuart said he was diving 10 years ago when he made the astonishing find miles out to sea from civilization.
Honest Stuart offered to return the stunning piece of jewelry to anyone aboard his cruise ship if they had lost it and could accurately describe it.
But since no one claimed it, he clung to it and has kept the glowing rock under lock and key ever since.
A Bundaberg man found a $100,000 diamond while diving on a cruise ship 10 years ago, but revealed how he would have given it away if he had found its rightful owner (stock image)
Stuart told Queensland’s Triple M Rush Hour hosts Annabelle Brett and Elliot Lovejoy that the lucky find shone before him while he was reef diving.
“I was diving, diving around the reef and it caught my eye and I dove a little deeper and grabbed it,” he said.
“The size of my fingernail, it was a two-and-a-half carat diamond.”
Stuart said that he could not keep the find a secret from the rest of the ship and acknowledged the find when he returned on board.
‘I told them that I had found a stone, a precious stone, I didn’t say anything more than that.
“But (I told them) if someone lost it on this cruise, they can come into my cabin and if they can describe what it is, it’s theirs.
‘I didn’t say anything more than that,’
With 10 days left on the cruise, Stuart insisted that he would have liked to return the diamond to its owner.
The huge diamond, the size of a man’s fingernail, was valued at $100,000 after Stuart took it to experts (file image)
The lucky lady was traveling with Stuart on the cruise when she won $11,500 on her first time playing bingo (file image)
‘If it was theirs, it was theirs,’ he said.
In the end, Stuart clung to the rare stone.
“No one came and asked me for it, so I kept it and have had it ever since,” he said.
We had it valued at $100,000.
He said he had resisted the urge to sell it and revealed that he never leaves his house, locked in a safe.
It turned out to be just the beginning of a lucky streak for Stuart on the cruise.
He told the show, “I played bingo for the first time in my life on that cruise and won $11,500.”