Woman finds huge diamond in Arkansas ‘Crater of Diamonds’ State Park

Oct 4, 2018

The Crater of Diamonds State Park, located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, has been yielding natural diamonds for over a century, and is the only diamond-bearing site in the world that is open to the public. It’s also the location where the flawless, 3-carat Strawn-Wagner Diamond and the 15-carat Star of Arkansas were found.

One recent visitor, though, a 71-year-old woman from Colorado, got particularly lucky during her visit to Crater of Diamonds this month. She was visiting the park with her husband, son, and grandchildren when she found what she initially thought was a piece of glass, and she asked her son to put it in his pocket.

She then went on scouring the diamond-laden volcanic deposit in search of treasure, apparently unaware that she’d already stumbled on the “find of a lifetime.”

Upon returning to the park visitor’s center, she learned some stunning news. Park staff told her that the piece of “glass” she thought she’d found was actually a 2.63 carat, white diamond—the largest diamond found in the park this year. Two hundred and fifty-six gems were registered so far in 2018.

“I was using a rock to scrape the dirt but don’t know if I uncovered the diamond with it or not,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, in a statement. “It was just lying on the surface!

“I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked!”

The 37.5-acre “picking zone” is where volcanic erosion over a long period of time had formed a concentration of diamonds. There, the park staff periodically plow the top soil to turn the soil, making diamond hunting easier for visitors.

According to park staff, the lack of electricity present in diamonds prevents dirt from sticking to them. Rain also helps to expose the diamonds, which are easily spotted when the sun comes out and makes them sparkle.

“Like other rocks and minerals, no two diamonds are exactly alike,” said park interpreter Waymon Cox. “This white diamond is about the size of a pinto bean and is shaped somewhat like a fingernail. Several brownish, freckle-like marks along the surface give the gem a unique, one-of-a-kind appearance.”

Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow; however, the most common ones found at Crater of Diamonds are white, brown, or yellow. Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at the State Park over the last hundred-plus years.

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