OK, enough is enough. We're going to Murfreesboro to the Crater of Diamonds State Park. I've been hearing about this place for years!
The Crater of Diamonds State Park is an Arkansas State Park containing the only diamond bearing site in the world that is open to the public.
Some dude just found a 3.48-carat diamond there the other day, and people find nuggets there all the time!
The latest discovered 3.48-carat stone is also the 1,000th diamond found at the park this year, a mark last reached back in 1994.
In 1917, my boy Lee J. Wagner of the Arkansas Diamond Company found a 17.86 carat exceptional canary yellow piece of crystallized carbon.
In 1924, a 40.23 carat nugg clumpet was found. The largest diamond ever discovered in North America.
In 1962, a goddamn 34.25 carat hunk was unearthed.
In 1978, a lowly 8.61 carat megalith was exposed.
In 1981, an 8.82 carat boulder was found.
In 1990, Shirley Strawn found a 3.09 carat diamond crag which she had cut to 1.09 carats in 1997, and graded a "perfect" 0/0/0 by the American Gem Society in 1998, making it the first diamond ever to receive such an AGS grading. HOLLA!
1991: 6.23 carat found.
1997: 6.72 carat in an unusual deep purplish-brown found.
Then there was a dry spell for a few years. But lately, people have been hitting the jackpot out in Murfreesboro...
In 2006, Mr. Marvin Culver found a flawless 4.21 carat deep canary yellow bomber. He then took his stone on a world press tour. It was seen on The Today Show, MSNBC, Inside Edition and Travel Channel. It was twice published in Lost Treasure magazine, Western and Eastern Treasures magazine, Mineralogical Record and Rocks & Minerals. Arguably the most publicized diamond from the park. What exactly goes on in Rocks & Minerals Monthly, I wonder.
Later in 2006, Bob Wehle found an impeccable 5.47 carat clod. It was also deep canary yellow and flawless. Bastard.
Donald and Brenda Roden went to the park that same year and came home with a 6.35 carat glacier in honey-brown.
In 2007, Lil' Ole Eric Blake uncovered a 3.93 carat tea-coloured gob. Not long before Chad Johnson found a 4.38 carat ice cube.