In other words, I don't have to struggle for things to write about.
Long time reader and online friend "Grannye" from Arkansas sent me this news item to awaken the treasure-hunter's-fire that is buried in just about all of us:
MURFREESBORO, AR – A rough diamond found at Crater of Diamonds last March, dubbed Silver Moon, was recently cut and appraised at $21,639.
Silver Moon was a 2.44 carat diamond found by Melissa and Kenny Oliver during the “supermoon” event last March. They had a jeweler in Fayetteville (Bill Underwood of Underwood's Fine Jewelry) cut the diamond down to a 1.06 carat, pear-shaped piece.
Crater of Diamonds State Park says that a rough diamond will typically lose between 40% and 60% of its weight in the cutting process...
This is an after and before shot of the Oliver's treasure find.
Not bad, eh?
Crater of Diamonds State Park is comprised of about 37 acres of plowed field and, by surface area, is the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world.
Located in Southwest Arkansas, it is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public, and an average of two diamonds are found each day at the park.
The best thing about Crater of Diamonds?
The park's policy is finder-keepers.
Bring your shovel, rake, and pail, because if you find a diamond, you keep it.
A few years ago, older boy and I spent some time digging at the famous diamond park.
We did not bring home any diamonds, but had lots of fun making a mess (anyone interested in that trip is welcome to go here for the old post).
I was smart enough to include time for additional digging at a quartz mine not too far away that is open to visitors as well--knowing that the odds were against us in finding a diamond.
With the quartz mine, we found so much, I had to pay extra to check the heavy bag of shiny rocks on the plane.
Thank you to Grannye for the article.
Have a good weekend everyone.