Ever fantasize about happening upon something priceless? For instance, walking into your local thrift shop and finding an original photograph of Billy the Kid? Or, realizing that your favorite blanket is a valuable piece or history? Or, finding out that the used desk that you just bought is filled with $100,000 in cash?
Believe it or not, all three instances have actually happened to lucky folks, but we’ve yet to hear anything along the lines of today’s story.
It happened in Murfreesboro, Arkansas at the gorgeous (and highly underrated!) Crater of Diamonds State Park. This state park is a special one because it allows visitors to take any of the loot that they find, even the loot that it is most famous for–diamonds!
That’s right, Crater of Diamonds State Park allows you to dig and actually pocket the diamond if and when you find one. Of course, it’s something that doesn’t happen often, but since 1973, 33,100 diamonds have been found, including the 40.23 carat Uncle Sam diamond.
Earlier this month, a 71-year-old grandmother managed to add to the park’s number of recovered diamonds–after only 10 minutes of digging! According to KOCO News, the woman found an ice diamond, a gorgeous fully-iridescent rock that tips the scales at 2.63 carats.
The woman, who requested to stay anonymous, said that she used crude methods to dig for several minutes before finding the diamond. Apparently, the rock was “just lying on the surface.”
Park officials say that this is the largest diamond to be found in the state park in the past year. We wonder if they are regretting their “finders keepers” policy!
We’d love to hear your take on this amazing diamond find. Have you ever visited Crater of Diamonds State Park before? If so, did you find a diamond? Do you own an ice diamond?