I think I may have found my next vacation destination.
Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park is “the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public”. Here, you can sift through over 37 acres of a plowed field that is left over from an ancient volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought diamonds and over 40 other types of rock to the surface. Best of all, the Park lets you keep what you find, even if it is a giant diamondâ€¦and that’s just what a Colorado woman scored.
After only a mere 20 minutes of sifting, Bobbie Oskarson found the fifth-largest diamond ever unearthed at the Park. The diamond checks in at 8.5 carats, and “is about three-quarters of an inch long and as big around as a standard No. 2 pencilâ€ť. And “dig” thisâ€¦after only six months, this is already the 227th diamond certified by the park this year!
So maybe you are thinking she struck it rich? Not so fastâ€¦according to the article, she plans on keeping it. Now, I am not a gem expert and I do not know how much it would be worth. But a quick internet search shows that 8.5 carats is the same size diamondÂ that NBA star Dwyane Wade got his new wife, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez also had an 8.5-carat ring as well. Maybe BobbieÂ wants to reconsider.
And for humor’s sake, Tom Cruise got Katie Holmes a ring of only 5 carats. Come on, Tomâ€¦people can find diamonds in the dirt bigger than that.
So, what was the neatest thing you ever unearthed in a yard, park or beach?