A 13-year-old Missouri girl found a 2.93-carat yellow diamond in a rock park in Arkansas. As the representative of the Diamond Crater Park, Bill Henderson, told reporters on Wednesday, the stone was found on Tuesday when Nicole Rakhter walked along the park’s small road, where hundreds of people walk daily. Park workers do not undertake to evaluate the diamond found by Nicole, but, according to them, the stone has certain flaws.
Nicole said that the stone she found was like the "wrong pyramid of the color of tea." She accidentally noticed him on the road, along with her parents, brother and two sisters, returned home. For two days, they all "played miners." However, they were not lucky at all in a miners' plot. “In fact, I didn’t care what to find, I just really asked God to send me at least something,” the lucky woman admitted. By the way, visitors to the Crater of Diamonds have already found 332 diamonds this year, and three of them last Tuesday, Henderson noted. The largest and most valuable stone ever found in the present territory of the unique park was the diamond, which received the name "Uncle Sam". It was discovered in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats.
For the first time, in 1906, farmer John Wesley Haddleston, who built a house for his family, found a diamond in this territory. Scientists then confirmed that this was a completely natural find, because in that place a kimberlite vein approaches the surface of the earth, periodically "giving out diamonds to the mountain". Moreover, the stones can be of all colors of the rainbow. However, the most common diamonds are considered white, that is, transparent, golden (yellow) and brown. Haddleston sold his land after some time, and there began a "diamond rush." For several decades, the territory passed from one hand to another, until it became clear that a stable income from the extraction of precious stones is not to be expected here.
In 1972, a publicly accessible park was opened there, where anyone can try to independently find for themselves a real jewel. In the Crater of Diamonds you can find not only these stones, but also amethysts, agates, jasper, garnets, hematites and many other minerals. For those who have the “diamond rush”, everything is here. The park provides rental of special equipment, including shovels and other equipment. Moreover, for those who do not understand anything in mineralogy and cannot distinguish a gem from an ordinary one, there is a special school in which specialists give lessons. One lesson in it costs $ 65. Tickets to this amazing park are inexpensive - $ 6 for adults and $ 3 for children. Discounts are provided for senior citizens; people with disabilities are generally exempted from payment.
Separately, you will have to pay, for example, a stay at the campsite and a "fee for cleaning the territory", which is $ 100. As the park workers explain, after numerous prospectors, impassable dirt remains, and therefore funds are needed to put the territory in order. However, in the park you can not only look for diamonds. Water rides work there, a camping is organized for those wishing to engage in "stone mining" and for those who just want to breathe fresh air and relax in nature. You can also go fishing or go to the forest, where from specially equipped sites you can watch the life of wild animals.