California woman discovers 4.38-carat yellow diamond in Arkansas park
Noreen Wredberg was walking in the park with her husband Michael on September 23 when they came across a “sparkling gem above ground,” according to an Arkansas State Parks press release. This gem was just a 4.38-carat yellow diamond, something they discovered when they brought it home to be identified.
“I didn’t know it was a diamond at the time, but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up,” Noreen said. “We really didn’t think we’d find one, let alone something that big! “
The diamond is the largest ever found there since a 4.49-carat canary yellow diamond was discovered in October 2020. The couple were only planning to visit Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, but decided to hit the Crater of Diamonds State Park on a whim. Fortunately, it paid off. 258 diamonds were found at the site by site visitors in 2021.
“Arkansas is the only state in the country to have a diamond mine open to the public,” said Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism secretary Stacy Hurst. said in a press release. “It’s such a unique experience and visitors have unforgettable memories whether or not they find a diamond. Of course, finding a diamond adds to the experience!
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