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Crater of Diamonds State Park

209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958 USA

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“Only public diamond-bearing site in the US”

Not too many people know about the goldmine of diamonds in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Since February there have been five diamonds weighing over a carat found at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

And just a few months back, David Anderson, an intrepid diamond hunter, discovered a 6.19-carat white diamond after searching for four hours. It's the 15th largest diamond to have been found at the park since 1972. Anderson has found hundreds of diamonds at the park over the years, but this latest find blows them all away. The diamond was discovered in the East Drain area of the search field. It's a "clear, white marquise-shape diamond." He's named the diamond "Limitless Diamond" and will donate the proceeds of its sale to the charity "Speed the Light."

According to a park spokesman:

"It's no surprise that a large diamond was found this week. Over four inches of rain fell on the park last weekend, and David found his diamond on the first sunny day following the rain. Rainwater washes soil from the search area and often exposes heavy gravel and diamonds on the surface." He emphasized, "David has worked hard to find more than 400 diamonds here over the years, but he had never surface searched for diamonds until this year. This is the largest, and probably the easiest, diamond he's ever found!"

On average TWO DIAMONDS A DAY are found at the park. Brown, Yellow, and White diamonds are the most popular. During hard rains more diamonds find their way to the surface. So, basically, if you wanna find some diamonds, now's the time to go. Conditions are just right for amateur jewel-hunters.

Brandon Kalendra found a 2.89 carat triangular white diamond on March 6th, while gem-hunting with his family. He was only looking for about 20 minutes before he discovered the jewel in the Fugitt's Bank part of the park. The best news: The park has a "finders keepers" policy.

"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 field leaving them exposed. When the sun comes out, they'll shine and be noticeable."

Three years ago an 8.66 carat white diamond was found by Beth Gilbertson. A 12-year old North Carolina boy found a 5.16-carat honey-brown diamond at the park just last August. Once polished, the rock would be worth between $12,000 and $15,000. Then a 14-year old girl discovered a 3.85-carat canary diamond, only a few months later.

There's 37 1/2 acres of plowed field that make up the world's 8th largest diamond-bearing deposit. This is also the world's ONLY diamond-producing site that the public are invited to explore and keep their findings. And it's not just diamonds, but it's also home to a variety of precious gems like amethyst, agate, and quartz (among others).

In total, over 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at Arkansas's diamond site since the first diamonds found in 1906 by John Huddleston, the farmer who at that time owned the land, long before the site became an Arkansas state park in 1972. The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed here in 1924 during an early mining operation. Named the Uncle Sam, this white diamond with a pink cast weighed 40.23 carats. Notable diamonds found by park visitors since the state park was established at the site include the Amarillo Starlight, a 16.37-carat white diamond discovered in 1975 which ranks as the largest diamond ever found by a park visitor. The second largest find by a park visitor is the Star of Shreveport, an 8.82-carat white gem unearthed in 1981. 

Another gem from the Crater is the flawless 4.25-carat Kahn Canary diamond that was discovered at the park in 1977. This uncut, triangular-shape gem has been on exhibit at many cities around the U.S. and overseas. It was featured in an illustrious jewelry exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1997 that included precious stones from throughout the world including the Kremlin collection, the Vatican, Cartier, and Christies. And, in late 1997, the Kahn Canary was featured in another prestigious exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York entitled "The Nature of Diamonds." Former First Lady Hillary Clinton borrowed the Kahn Canary from its owner, Stan Kahn of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and wore it in a special, Arkansas-inspired ring setting designed by Henry Dunay of New York as a special way to represent Arkansas's diamond site at the galas celebrating both of Bill Clinton's presidential inaugurals. - via Yahoo News

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

On average TWO DIAMONDS A DAY are found at the park. Brown, Yellow, and White diamonds are the most popular. During hard rains more diamonds find their way to the surface. So, basically, if you wanna find some diamonds, now's the time to go. Conditions are just right for amateur jewel-hunters.

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August 27, 2014

A fun activity for a few hours. The day we went was super hot and we mostly did the wet sort (one of 3 options). We had fun, but I couldn't have done more than half a day. The gift shop staff was great but the staff that sold materials and identified rocks and minerals were not very friendly. I'd rate it 50% on the funometer.

6 people found this review helpful

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July 02, 2014

Spent a few hours with family and friends. Only found diamond dust and some Jasmine. Didn't have time for the water park but it looked fun for the kids. Maybe next time we can bring the tents and stay at the park and have longer times to dig for Diamonds. Price is fair. No complaints here.

5 people found this review helpful

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July 02, 2014

Good family fun but be careful: daughter cut her finger on a piece of calcite. Found some nice rocks and minerals but no diamonds. We did bring home a bucket of dirt to go through so we'll keep our hopes up.

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June 24, 2014

What a great way to spend the day. Our 10 & under loved digging in the dirt and mud. Two diamonds were found the day we were there, but not by us. Bummer. However, we enjoyed the hunt. Stayed at the Shamrock and had dinner at Los Agaves.

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June 19, 2015
Rated 3.0

You are going to get dirty and wet so plan on having a change of clothing. It was hot and we did it find much if you have kids they will like it but plan on half a day at least. The crystal mine up the road is also a good addition to this.

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July 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

Been there. It takes some work to get the diamonds but I've seen people find them right in front of me. I've decided to stay here a while and get some.

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July 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was our second time to go to the Crater of Diamonds. Our first time there, my daughter found a diamond, but this time my son just played in the mud! Always fun, but drink lots of water!

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June 08, 2015
Rated 5.0

Just left the park today. Enjoyed our stay. Campsites are very large & nice. The water park was refreshing for just to set in. It's not for swimming but for the kids to splash in. Fun to watch the kids. The 1.2 mile nature trail is really neat. I walk it at 6am nice & cool. Digging for diamonds takes more than one day & the weather was to hot to be out in. No shade, need a umbrellas. I came and now I can say I tried.
The little cafe is good, ice cream was the best. The help were a joy to talk with. I must say all the help no matter where we went were excellent.

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February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0

Diamonds are Keepers!

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Crater of Diamonds State Park

209 State Park Rd
Murfreesboro, Arkansas
71958 USA


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