Woman Discovers Rare, 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond at Arkansas State Park

first_imgStay on target A woman’s first trip to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park turned into a lucky experience after she found a rare, 3.72-carat yellow diamond in a small rock pile.Miranda Hollingshead, who was at the park with her siblings, discovered the diamond at the base of a hill on the northeast side of the park’s 37.5-acre diamond search area, said a Arkansas State Parks press release. Hollingshead was sitting in the shade and watching a YouTube video on how to spot diamonds, when she looked down and saw something shiny in the ground.Miranda Hollingshead with her diamond. (Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks)“I looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks,” Hollingshead said. “I shook my hand across it to make sure what it was, picked it up, and yelled across the field to my mom, ‘I think I got one!’”After Hollingshead showed the diamond to her mom and siblings, she took her newly-discovered keepsake to the Diamond Discovery Center, where the park’s staff registered it as a 3.72-carat yellow diamond. Hollingshead’s diamond is now the largest registered at the park since March 2017, where an Arkansas teen spotted a 7.44-carat brown gem.“Every diamond found at the park is beautiful in its own way, and this one is certainly no exception. It’s about the size of a pencil eraser, with a light yellow color and a sparkling, metallic luster,” explained park interpreter Waymon Cox. “Ms. Hollingshead said her gem’s unique shape reminded her of a rounded molar, with a small indentation in one end.”The 3.72-carat diamond was smaller than a quarter. (Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks)Cox noted that Hollingshead most likely spotted the diamond due to rainfall. The ground where Hollingshead saw the diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock and when it rains, flowing runoff may leave loose gravel, and sometimes diamonds, on the surface.Many visitors choose to name the diamonds they find at the park. Hollingshead and her son named the beautiful gem the Caro Avenger.Hollingshead said if she doesn’t sell the diamond, she may have it mounted in a ring.According to the park, about one in every 10 diamonds are discovered on top of the ground by observant visitors. To date, 319 diamonds have been registered at the state park this year, weighing a total of 63.49 carats.More on Geek.com:Rare, 20-Carat Blue Diamond Discovered in BotswanaEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North AmericaDestroyed Temple, Treasures Found in Sunken Ancient Egyptian City Rare, 20-Carat Blue Diamond Discovered in BotswanaEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North America last_img