This unique diamond was the latest gem to be discovered at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Susie Clark made a surprising discovery while searching through a field in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
According to a press release, Clark had taken a moment to pray in hopes of finding a diamond on her last day of searching the park. A few moments after her prayer, Clark told Arkansas Matters that she found the diamond sticking out of a ridge in the plowed dirt. “This is a diamond,” Clark said to herself after the discovery, “And it’s a big one!”
The large 3.69-carat white diamond, which is about the size of a pinto bean, is the largest found so far in the park this year. 122 diamonds have been unearthed in the park this year by visitors.
Park Interpreter Waymon Cox told Arkansas Matters that conditions were perfect for finding diamonds during Clark’s visit. The combination of heavy rains and recent plowing of the soil by park employees helped to make the lucky discovery easier for Clark.
“Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search area leaving them exposed,” Cox explained. “And when the sun comes out, they’ll sparkle and be noticed.”
Clark says she currently plans on keeping the diamond for herself. Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park since the first diamonds were discovered at the site in 1906.