Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dreams of Diamond Turn to Stone.

Byline: Staff and Wire Reports

Janitor's Find Is A Cubic Zirconia

A janitor who has been living a dream since discovering what he thought was a 9.72 carat diamond earlier this year has received a rude awakening.

Bruce Buck learned Thursday that the stone actually is a cubic zirconia a relatively inexpensive man-made imitation

A report from the Gemological Institute of America in New York delivered Thursday to his lawyer, Kathrin Kinzer Ellington of Santa Fe, confirmed that the stone was fake.

"Yes, I was disappointed," Buck said Thursday. "But I didn't have anything before this and I haven't lost anything I'm just grateful I did the right thing (in trying to find the owner). …

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