Digging for gold can be fun, but you should give digging for diamonds a try at Craters of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR. Being the world’s only diamond site where you can search and keep what you find, Craters of Diamonds lived up to its name just this past April 15 when a 6-carat diamond was uncovered by an Arkansan, just one of the hundreds found month after month.
With a 37-acre plowed area to search freely, at least one diamond is found daily among visitors. The area is an eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought to the surface of the diamonds. The main colors found are white, brown and yellow.
Unlike other diamond sites, the park’s policy is "finders, keepers." Any diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks, or minerals unearthed by visitors are theirs to keep, regardless of value.
On permanent display in the visitor center is Craters of Diamond’s best find -- the Strawn- Wagner Diamond, deemed the most perfect diamond the American Gem Society (AGS) ever certified in its laboratory.
The park was also the finding location of the largest diamond in the United States, the Uncle Sam Diamond, weighing in at 40 carats.