Saturday 22 August 2015

'Pick-your-own' Diamonds in Arkansas

'Pick-your-own' Diamonds in Arkansas

At a state park in Arkansas, diamonds and other precious stones are hidden in plowed ground, just waiting to be found.

Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., ( is part of an ancient volcanic crater, where time and erosion have brought precious stones to the surface. Now, park visitors hunt a plowed 37½-acre field, armed with eagle eyes, shovels, and boxed screens to sift out soil. If they’re diligent — and very lucky — they’ll spot a precious stone to take home.

Doesn’t matter if it’s small, as most are; it’s always exciting when a visitor hits pay dirt. “A diamond is a diamond,” says Waymon Cox, park interpreter. “No matter the size, it’s a good souvenir.”


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