The Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, the United States, is the world’s only diamond mine open to the public, where by paying a small entrance fee, anyone can look for diamonds and keep what they find. Originally a crater, this 37-acre land has been plowed into fine dirt by hundreds of thousands of amateur prospectors who dig through the dirt every year looking for precious stones. Some visitors use a special sieve known as a “seruca” to wash and separate the heavier diamonds from the lighter debris. Others just get down on their hands and knees, and claw at the dirt looking for the faint reflection of jewels in the furrows.
For more than one hundred years since its discovery, the Crater of Diamonds have yielded thousands of diamonds and other semi-precious gems including the 40-carat "Uncle Sam", the largest diamond ever discovered in the United States. According to Park officials, visitors find more than 600 diamonds each year of all colors and grades, and over 31,000 diamonds have been found in the crater since it became a state park in 1972.
Prospectors at Crater Of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro digging for diamonds. Photo creditRead more »
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