A woman from California visited Arkansas' Diamond State Park, and easily found a yellow 4.3-carat diamond in less than an hour.
Noreen Wredberg had visited the park — the world's only diamond mine "where you can be the miner" — after seeing it mentioned on TV a few years ago. And while her husband was searching for diamonds by digging, the way they tell you to do, Wredberg just walked around until she spotted the sparkling diamond sitting on top of the ground.
From Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
She gave the stone to her husband, who brought it to the park's Diamond Discovery Center for identification, the release states. The diamond, which weighed over 4 carats, was the size of a jellybean, with a pear shape and a lemonade-yellow color, according to park officials.
… The woman said she might get the diamond cut after finding out what it's worth, but that it's "all new" to her.
Arkansas is the only state in the U.S. with a diamond mine open to the public Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst said in the release.
Park officials said 258 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in 2021 so far this year, weighing more than 46 carats in total. An average of one to two diamonds are found by park visitors each day, according to park officials.
Although she didn't know what her treasure was worth, it looks like it could fetch anywhere between $15,000 to more than $75,000 depending on its shade, according to this site.