Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing with the amazing news that an 8.52-carat diamond shaped like an icicle and approximately half the size of a quarter was found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
At Crater of Diamonds State Park, visitors are given the unique experience of having access to a field where diamonds have been found regularly since 1906. Flavio Maluf says the area was opened up to visitors in 1972. Anyone who finds a diamond can keep it or sell and park representatives have resources to help visitors better understand the diamonds they find.
In this case, a woman named Bobbie Oskarson from Longmont, Colorado found the diamond while visiting the park with her boyfriend. Although over 75,000 diamonds have been found over the years, this is only the 30th diamond found this year so far in the field. According to park representatives, the diamond, which Oskarson has named the Esperanza Diamond, is the fifth largest ever found by visitors.
According to Fodor’s Travel, Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of several areas where the public can hunt for precious gems and most areas charge a visitor’s fee around $10 or less. Other parks include Gem Mountain in Philipsburg, Montana; Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer, New York; Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, North Carolina; Cherokee Ruby Mine in Franklin, North Carolina and Royal Peacock Mine in Virgin Valley, Nevada.