By Erika Winters
3.69-carat rough diamond found by Susie Clark • Image courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.
Arkansas resident Susie Clark scored a 3.69-carat rough white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas on April 23. Clark spotted the diamond on top of a furrow ridge in the 37.5-acre field that is plowed regularly to bring diamonds to the surface. The rough diamond, described as about the size of a pinto bean, was named the “Hallelujah Diamond” by Clark.
“The gem is frosted white with a pearlescent, metallic shine,” said park interpreter Waymon Cox. “This is the largest diamond found so far this year. And it’s the largest one found since April 16, 2014, when a 6.19-carat white diamond, named the Limitless Diamond, was found at the park. Mrs. Clark’s diamond is the 122nd diamond found at the park this year.”
The park, well known for its “finders keepers” policy, attracts visitors all year round. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Its eroded surface area is also the world’s eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit. The Crater’s park staff helps visitors with diamond identification and registration of diamonds found at the park.
Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at the site since the first diamonds were spotted by a farmer who owned the land in 1906. The site became a state park in 1972. Learn more about the park here: Field Trip? Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Susie Clark holds her 3.69-carat “Hallelujah Diamond” found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park • Image courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.
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