Visitor Uncovers 1.5-carat Diamond in Arkansas Park

A Crater of Diamonds State Park visitor found a 1.52-carat diamond on April 2, 2019. It's believed to be the largest find so far in 2019. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Parks

A visitor made a lucky find after pulling a shiny brown diamond out of the ground this week at a state park in southwest Arkansas.

The visitor found the precious gemstone near the surface at Crater of Diamonds State Park on Tuesday, according to state park officials. A photo logging the find shows the jewel being a dark brown hue and measuring 1.52 carats.

“It’s very eye-appealing,” said Glenn Worthington, an author who runs a website called Diamonds in Arkansas and has been an avid diamond scavenger for the past four decades.

He said the brown diamond is the largest score so far this year.

The park, located in Pike County, is one of the only diamonds mines where people can keep what they find after digging.

The state park is known for its diamond finds and encourages tourists to hunt for the stones. More than 33,000 diamonds have been found at Crater of Diamonds since it opened as a state park in 1972.

Stones found at the park include white, brown and yellow diamonds, but visitors might also find amethysts, garnet, jasper, agate, quartz and other rocks and minerals, park officials said.

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