The largest diamond found at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park this year was an answer to prayer according to Susie Clark. She was visiting the park at Murfreesboro, Arkansas, in April of this year and found a 3.699 carat white diamond. She named it the Hallelujah Diamond and plans to keep it. It’s about the size of a pinto bean.
Another large diamond was found a year ago in April of 2014. It was 6.19 carat which was named the Limitless Diamond.
If you haven’t been to Crater of Diamonds here’s a little background. Visitors get to keep what they find on a 37.5 acre search field. An ancient eruption scattered the area with gems. It became a state park in 1972, and it is the only public site in the world where anyone can dig for diamonds and keep them. Of course there is a small fee to get in.
The park officials are not trained to appraise the diamonds found there, but a similar diamond a 3.85 carat found at the same park last year sold for $20,000.
The staff at the park plow the area to bring more diamonds to the surface.
The land original belonged to a farmer by the name of John Huddleston. He was the first to discover gems on his property in 1906.
The nations largest diamond was found here in 1972. it was 40.23 carats and named the Uncle Sam. In 1990 the “perfect” 3.03 carat Strawn-Wagner was found. In 1997 it was cut and is now a 1.09 carat on display at the park visitor center.
Over the years more than 75,000 diamonds have been found at this location.