Can you imagine wandering across a dirt field only to look down and see a sparkling diamond? Well, if you happen to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, that could very well become a reality.
Named after an ancient eruption that scattered the area with gems, Crater of Diamonds became a state park in 1972, and is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. And guess what? You get to keep whatever you find on the 37 1/2-acre field, regardless of a diamond’s size or value. Seriously.
Amateur jewel-hunters from around the globe migrate to this park in hopes of discovering a precious stone. Since the first diamonds were found in this area back in 1906, over 75,000 diamonds have been found here. The park’s staff provides free registration and identification of all finds on the property.
On June 24, a visitor from Colorado stumbled upon a magnificent 8.52-carat white diamond.
Finders keepers, losers weepers.
Aside from diamonds, visitors can also come across semi-precious minerals and gems, such as quartz, calcite and amethyst.
Interested in checking out other extraordinary diamond finds at this park? Head over to the park’s website and get inspired to plan your very own visit.