Diamond Dreams Come True – Gems Found In Arkansas Park
Many of us dream of panning for gold and finding more than pyrite, or opening an oyster and finding a perfect pearl, or walking through a field and picking up something shiny that turns out to be a precious gem.
That’s exactly what’s happened to several people at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Most recently, on July 4 this year, Terry Staggs plucked a 2.95-carat champagne diamond from the soil of the only public-access diamond field in the world. Thousands of people visit the park every year hoping to find that diamond in the rough, and a few have been wildly successful: the world’s most perfect diamond, the Strawn-Wagner, was found there in 1990, and the largest diamond ever found in North America, the Uncle Sam, was picked up there in 1924.
While finding a diamond in the Crater of Diamonds might be an economical way to get a gemstone (the park operates on the “finders, keepers” principle), if you’d rather shop for your diamond without getting your hands dirty, we know just the place.