A diamond having a value of 8.52 carat was found in the state of Arkansas by a woman.
A shiny diamond in the rough was discovered in Arkansas by a lady. It was half the size of a coin and the site of the finding was the Crater of Diamonds State Park. The 8.52 carat diamond was the fifth largest gemstone found by accident at the site since its opening nearly a generation ago. Bobbie Oskarson who hails from Colorado chanced upon the diamond while searching the Pig Pen area in the park.
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In the beginning, Bobbie thought it was a quartz sample. It was only later when the fact came to light that it was actually a diamond. After the confirmation by a staff member of the park authorities, Bobbie’s happiness simply knew no bounds.
She was elated. She had planned on exploring the park as a side interest. But it had indeed proven a very lucky proposal. Bobbie wants to keep the diamond. She has named the gemstone the Esperenza Diamond after her niece. Over 30 smaller diamonds have been found over the past 365 days in the park due to heavy rainfall.
"Ms. Oskarson and her boyfriend Travis Dillon saw the Crater of Diamonds State Park on an Arkansas highway map while in the nearby town of Hot Springs and decided to visit the park. And what a lucky first visit it was for her!" park interpreter Waymon Cox said in a press release (via CNN).
The plowing of the fields in the park has yielded many diamonds. Over 75,000 diamonds have been exhumed from the grounds of the park since the year 1906. The Uncle Sam Diamond was discovered in 1924 and it was more than 40 carats in value.
The Crater of Diamonds is a virtual cornucopia of such finds and the park officials have a policy of allowing anyone who finds a diamond the right to keep it. In fact, the park authorities even lend pamphlets on how to discover diamonds in the dust.
Diamonds are possibly the hardest of gemstones on earth. They are the opposite of talc which is the softest mineral. To cut a diamond into its many facets is not an easy job. It takes skill and expertise. As for the value of the rocks, they depend on their purity and level of luminescence.
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Some diamonds have a yellowish tincture mixed among their complexion. These are not worth as much as those that are white and brilliant in their light-reflecting qualities. The saying “a diamond is forever” is something whose meaning should be obvious from the context of the statement. Everything may perish including your house, your CV and your laptop but your diamond ring will probably survive the harshest of calamities.