A woman from Colorado has found an 8.52-carat clear diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.
Within 20 minutes of her search in late June, visitor Bobbie Oskarson scooped up a white 8.52-carat gem described as “absolutely stunning.” She took the clear white, icicled shaped stone with her under the attraction’s finders-keepers policy, according to a statement.
Oskarso named her gem “Esperanza,” which is both her niece’s name and the Spanish word for “hope.” She has indicated that she’ll keep the gem, instead of selling it.
Park officials said the gem is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972.
The former mine that’s now bills itself as “the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public” has yielded quite a few finds in recent years.
More than 200 other certified diamonds have been found at the park already in 2015. But the largest rock ever found at the park was a 16.37 carats gem discovered in 1975.
Images courtesy of the Arkansas State Park.