MURFREESBORO, Ark. — A regular visitor found the largest diamond at an Arkansas state park this year.
According to THV11, Arkansas resident, Adam Hardin was visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park when he found his first diamond which weighed about two carats.
“It was right in the middle when I flipped my screen over,” Hardin said. “When I saw it, I said, ‘Wow, that’s a big diamond!’”
Arkansas State Parks says Hardin was wet-sifting soil from the East Drain of the park when he found the diamond. Park Interpreter, Waymon Cox says, wet sifting is done by using a screen set to wash away the soil so it is easier to separate the gravel.
“When it’s flipped upside-down, the heavier gravel—and sometimes a diamond—can be found on top of the pile,” Cox said.
Cox says the diamond Hardin found was about “the size of a pinto bean, with a coffee brown color and a rounded shape.”
When people find large diamonds at the park, they get to name them, so Hardin named his “Frankenstone”.
Hardin’s diamond is the largest one found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park since September 2021 when according to Arkansas State Parks, a visitor from California found a 4.38-carat yellow diamond.
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