According to CNN, Bobbie Oskarson was at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park Wednesday when she dug up what she thought was a quartz crystal.
Park Saff confirmed it was a diamond. It was the fifth largest found in the park since it was established as a diamond site in 1972.
“Ms. Oskarson and her boyfriend Travis Dillon saw the Crater of Diamonds State Park on an Arkansas highway map while in the nearby town of Hot Springs and decided to visit the park. And what a lucky first visit it was for her!” park interpreter Waymon Cox said in a press release.
Oskarson, who lives in Longmont, named the gem the Esperanza Diamond. It’s named after her niece and the Spanish word for “hope.”
She plans to keep the diamond.
The search area at the Crater of Diamonds is a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world, in surface area. It is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park. The park’s policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find is theirs to keep. The park staff provides free identification and registration of diamonds. Park interpretive programs and exhibits explain the site’s geology and history and offer tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough.
More than 30 diamonds have been discovered in the park’s search area this year. Cox said above-normal rainfall this year is one reason for the frequent finds.
“Rain, plus the regular plowing of the search field by our maintenance staff, increases visitors’ chances of finding diamonds in the search area,” he said.
So far this year, 227 diamonds have been registered at the park, reports CNN.