Some people are just lucky. Imagine taking a walk in the park one day and come across an 8-carat diamond. It does sound like a made-up story, but a woman from Longpont, Colorado did find a big diamond while she was out for a walk in a state park in Arkansas. At first, the woman, Bobbie Oskarson, thought she had found a quartz crystal, mostly because of its shape and size. But when a park representative confirmed that she had discovered a real 8-carat diamond, the woman couldn’t believe her luck.
According to the woman, she found the gem in a search field known as the “Pig Pen”. The field, which stretches on more than 37 acres, is located close to the state park known as the Crater of Diamonds. The area was named “Pig Pen” because when it rains the field gets real muddy.
According to the experts who examined the stone, it is a white diamond, a little smaller than a quarter. Apparently, this is in top five of the largest diamonds discovered by a state park visitor since 1972. Ms. Oskarson told the local news that she is extremely excited about her discovery and she is planning to keep it. The lucky woman even gave her 8-carat diamond a name; she calls it Esperanza, after her own niece.
Waymon Cox, a park representative, talked about the discovery and said that these “lucky diamond findings” occur because the search field is plowed regularly.
Regular plowing and rain increase the visitors’ chances to find the gem in this search field. Cox added that more than 30 diamonds were discovered by visitors in 2015.
However, approximately 100 years ago, in 1906, more than 75,000 diamonds were discovered in the area. The biggest diamond that was discovered in this state park is the Uncle Sam Diamond, a 40-carat diamond, which is also the largest diamond ever discovered in the U.S.
Ms. Oskarson will be able to keep her diamond because the search field has a “finders keepers” official policy that allows anyone who discovers a diamond in this area to make it their own.
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