The US park covered in diamonds

The Crater of Diamonds state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is literally a diamond mine where travellers are encouraged by a ‘finder’s keepers’ rule to hunt for precious stones during their stay.

And it’s not uncommon for these lucky finds. On average, two diamonds are found each day.

crater of diamonds sign

After just four hours, intrepid diamond hunter David Anderson recently discovered a 6.19-carat “clear, white marquise-shaped diamond” that he’s named ‘Limitless Diamond’ – the 15th largest found at the park since 1972. While he’s found hundreds of diamonds there, in a hugely philanthropic gesture, he’s pledged Limitless Diamond to the Speed of Light charity.

If you’re up for a treasure hunt, the best days to visit the park are immediately after heavy rain washes the soil from the search area, and exposes diamonds on the surface.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered at the site since the first discovery in 1906 by a farmer who owned the land at the time, John Huddleston.

diamond hunter 

The site is also home to the largest diamond discovery in US history – a white 40.23 carat beauty named Uncle Sam.

Would you visit the park for a shot at finding a diamond?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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