A Queensland man from Bundaberg found a 0,000 diamond while snorkeling off a cruise ship

A Queensland man from Bundaberg found a $100,000 diamond while snorkeling off a cruise ship

How a lucky snorkel diver stumbled across a $100,000 diamond embedded in a coral reef — and the generous offer he made to his fellow cruisers

  • A Bundaberg man found a $100,000 diamond while snorkeling before a cruise
  • He has now revealed how he found the gem embedded in a reef and snapped it up
  • He checked other passengers to make sure it was theirs before claiming it
  • The massive stone was estimated at $100,000 and is now in a safe at his home

A Queensland man has revealed how he spotted a glittering $100,000 diamond in a coral reef while snorkeling off a cruise ship.

Bundaberg man Stuart said he dived 10 years ago when he made the amazing find miles from civilization at sea.

Honest Stuart offered to return the stunning gem to anyone aboard his cruise ship if they lost it and could describe it accurately.

But nobody laid claim to it, he kept it to himself – and has kept the glittering rock under lock and key ever since.

A Queensland man from Bundaberg found a 0,000 diamond while snorkeling off a cruise ship

A Bundaberg man found a $100,000 diamond while snorkeling on a cruise 10 years ago, but has revealed how he would have given it away had he found its rightful owner (stock image)

Stuart told Annabelle Brett and Elliot Lovejoy, hosts of Triple M Rush Hour in Queensland, that the lucky find beamed at him as he snorkeled on a reef.

“I dived down, snorkeled around the reef and it caught my eye, and I dived down a little further and grabbed it,” he said.

“The size of my fingernail, it was a two and a half carat diamond.”

Stuart said he couldn’t keep the find a secret from the rest of the ship and confessed to the find when he got back on board.

“I told them I found a stone, a gem, that’s all I said.

“But (I told them) if someone lost it on this cruise they can come to my cabin and if they can describe what it is – it’s theirs.”

“I didn’t say more”

With the cruise still 10 days to go, Stuart insisted 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 (stock image)

The huge diamond, the size of a man’s fingernail, was valued at $100,000 after Stuart took it to experts (stock image)

Lady Lucky was traveling with Stuart on the cruise when he won $11,500 on his first game of bingo (stock image)

Lady Lucky was traveling with Stuart on the cruise when he won $11,500 on his first game of bingo (stock image)

“If it was theirs, it was theirs,” he said.

In the end, Stuart was able to hold onto the rare stone.

“Nobody came and asked for it, so I kept it and have had it ever since,” he said.

“We were valued at $100,000.”

He said he resisted the temptation to sell it and revealed it never left his house, locked in a safe.

It was just the beginning of a winning streak for Stuart on the cruise.

He told the show, “I played bingo for the first time in my life on this cruise and won $11,500.”

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