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State Park Where Visitors Mine for Diamonds Boasts Another Amazing Find

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 29, 2015

State Park Where Visitors Mine for Diamonds Boasts Another Amazing Find

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At a rather amazing Arkansas state park, the diamonds are a visitor’s best friend.

The Associated Press reports one tourist at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro came away with something offering more monetary value than those priceless memories afforded by the trip: an 8.52 carat diamond.

The AP reports, “Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond's potential value.”

Without a firm value, we have to estimate that it’s roughly more valuable than, say, those Mickey ears you snagged when you last went to Disney World.

Thanks to a tweet from WBTV, we get a glimpse of the diamond discovery:

According to the AP, the diamond found by Oskarson, while profound, hardly broke any records, even at the state park.

This marks the fifth largest diamond found at the destination that allows visitors to dig around for the precious stones.

Crater of Diamonds’ website boasts it is the “only diamond-producing site in the world where the public can search for diamonds.”

More importantly, the website states, “And the policy here is 'finders, keepers,' meaning the diamonds you find are yours to keep.”

And with adult admission running $8, Oskarson is safely in the black no matter how much that diamond is worth.

CNN reports the largest find in the area was the Uncle Sam Diamond. The value of which is quite remarkable, via CNN: “the Uncle Sam Diamond was cut twice, the second being a 12.42-carat gem that sold for $150,000 in 1971 (about $880,000 adjusted for inflation).”

In other news, I came back with a swell tan on my last vacation. So there’s that.

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