Digging for Diamonds

Crater of Diamonds State Park Murfreesboro, AR Found, a yellow diamond .78 carats

Crater of Diamonds State Park
Murfreesboro, AR
Found, a yellow diamond .78 carats

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public. There are about 40 acres of plowed fields, the surface of an old volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought to the surface the diamonds and other semi-precious stones visitors find here almost daily.

Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow but the three colors unearthed here are white, brown and yellow, in that order. You can also find lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite. The field is plowed every 30 days to help visitors in the digging process. People actually find diamonds just laying on the surface waiting to be found. The largest diamond found so far is a white 40.23 carat diamond that has been cut twice; the second cutting resulting in a 12.42 carat emerald-cut gem.

On average, about 600 diamonds are found each year. Any diamonds or semi-precious stones you find are yours to keep, regardless of their value. You can even take what you find to the Park Rangers there and they’ll tell you what it is.
We sat through a short video on how to dig for diamonds using both a dry and wet method for finding the gems. You can rent the gear you’ll need for the dig. Some people take prospecting for diamonds very seriously sifting through buckets of dirt and rocks with a tweezers and a magnifying glass sitting under umbrellas or makeshift canopies. I can honestly report that their enthusiasm, tweezers and all, is a little more than mine.

Did you know the world’s biggest diamond weighed in at 3,106 carats found in South Africa back in 1905?

After an unsuccessful attempt at mining, we headed for the park’s café. Miners have a huge appetite after a day of mining.

The drive here was beautiful with rolling hills, small towns, and everything green… Arkansas was a nice surprise. We are glad we came.

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2 thoughts on “Digging for Diamonds

  1. Gary

    We dug for 3 or 4 days a couple years ago with no luck. Leeanne now receives email reports of the finds and regrets with each one of them that it wasn’t her, even though she was ready to go at the time as it had become “work”. We really liked the campground there.

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