Colorado Woman Finds 8.52-Carat Diamond At Crater of Diamonds State Park

Colorado Woman Finds 8.52-Carat Diamond At Crater of Diamonds State Park
Colorado Woman Finds 8.52-Carat Diamond At Crater of Diamonds State Park

Colorado Woman is Diamond In The Rough

Bobbie Oskarson, of Longmont, Colorado, while on vacation, came across the surprise of her life, while digging through a 37 acre plowed field, at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Pike County, Arkansas. Oskarson stumbled upon a spectacular gem after clawing the dirt for about 20 minutes.

Thinking she may have found a quartz crystal, Crater of Diamonds State Park official, Waymon Cox confirmed that she had excavated an 8.52 carat diamond, much to her disbelief and commented, “It was hot and sunny at the park, but Ms. Oskarson was staying cool by searching in a tree-shaded area when she found her diamond.” “Ms Oskarson’s 8.5-carat diamond is absolutely stunning, sparkling with a metallic shine, and appears to be an unbroken, capsule-shaped crystal” and continued, “It features smooth, curved facets, a characteristic shared by all unbroken diamonds from the Crater of Diamonds.”

The startling find is the fifth largest diamond to be found at the site since the former commercial mining grounds were sold to the state of Arkansas and transformed into a state park, in 1972. Oskarson has named the gem, “Esperanza Diamond,” meaning “hope” in Spanish, and after her niece. She intends to keep the stunning gem.

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