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A Diamond Hunt Awaits You in Arkansas

on Oct 14, 2015 3:27 PM

If I said there is a park where you can search for and keep the diamonds you found, would you believe me? Well, it’s true. You can find this magical place in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

The Crater of Diamonds offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors to search their 37.5 acre plowed field for rough diamonds. The park has yielded white, brown, and yellow diamonds, as well as amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, quartz and other gemstones and minerals.

Rough diamond from Crater of Diamonds State Park

Photo courtesy: Crater of Diamonds State Park

Still a little skeptical of what can be found from a diamond hunt in this plowed field? Read on for some of the amazing finds from the park.

The Recent Discovery: Esperanza

Unearthed over the summer, a truly remarkable diamond was found by visitor Bobbie Oskarson. Ms. Oskarson found an 8.52 carat diamond, which she named “Esperanza,” after her niece.

Esperanza diamond

Esperanza diamond
Photo courtesy: JCK Magazine

An all-star team has been behind Esperanza since her discovery.

Esperanza was appraised by Neil Beaty, an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA), and cut by Master Diamond Cutter Mike Botha of Embee Diamond Technologies. A special event was held to cut and unveil Esperanza to the public over a week’s time at Stanley Jewelers in North Little Rock. 

All three are members of the American Gem Society.

The diamond will be set by award-winning jewelry designer, Erica Courtney, and will be sold at auction. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Strawn-Wagner Diamond

The Strawn-Wagner diamond was one of the astounding finds at the park in 1990. It is the most perfect diamond that the American Gem Society (AGS) ever certified in its laboratory, graded the perfect O/O/O (Ideal cut/D color/Flawless) or “Triple Zero.”

Strawn-Wagner diamond

Strawn-Wagner diamond

The diamond weighed 3.03 carats in the rough, and was cut to perfection as a 1.09 carat, round brilliant-shape diamond.

The Kahn Canary Diamond

Beyond being found at the park, the Kahn Canary diamond carries a different kind of fame.

Measuring at 4.25 carats, this diamond was worn by first lady Hillary Clinton at her husband’s Presidential Inaugural Galas in 1993 and 1997.

Kahn Canary diamond

Kahn Canary diamond
Photo courtesy: GIA

Did you already buy your airline ticket to Arkansas and go on a diamond hunt of your own? Us, too. We’ll see you there.

 

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