Record Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Bobbie Oskarson of Colorado with her diamond! Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Parks. The Esperanza Diamond. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Parks.

A diamond for the record books was found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro! The find, an 8.52-carat white diamond, has been named the Esperanza Diamond by Bobbie Oskarson of Colorado, who made the diamond discovery on June 24, 2015. According to a state park news release, “the gem is the fifth largest diamond found by a park visitor since the state park was established at Arkansas’s diamond site in 1972. Twenty minutes into her search, she found the diamond in a couple scoops she had dug from a small mound of dirt. Oskarson was in the southwest corner of the park’s 37 ½-acre search field in an area known as the Pig Pen, aptly named because it is the muddiest part of the search area after a good rain. She named her gem the Esperanza Diamond, both her niece’s name and the Spanish word for “hope.” At this time, Oskarson plans to keep the gem.