There are some people who live near the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas who go there regularly to sift through the soil to hunt for diamonds. They’ve been searching for months, and, in some cases, years, in the hopes of finding that one big rock to cement their futures.
Imagine what they were thinking when Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado visited the park recently and found an 8.52 carat white diamond after searching for only 20 minutes. An estimate of the worth of Oskarson’s diamond’s has not been publicized, but it’s the fifth largest diamond ever to be found in the Crater of Diamonds since it became a state park in 1972.
People have been searching for diamonds there for far longer than that says Brad Reifler. Diamonds were first discovered there in 1906, and, since then, more than 75,000 diamonds have been found there that have been reported. The largest one was found in 1924 and was 40.23 carats, which is also the largest diamond ever found in the United States.