A California woman found a 4.38 carat yellow diamond in Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in September, the state park department said.
Noreen Wredberg, of Granite Bay, California, was visiting Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park with her husband, Michael, when she decided to stop by the Crater of Diamonds.
“I first saw the park shown on a TV show several years ago,” Wredberg told the park department. “When I saw that we weren’t too far away, I knew we had to come!”
She and her husband went to the park on September, 23, a few days after a mint collapsed in the park, creating a diamond hunting environment.
“The ground was a little dry, and the sun had risen over Mrs. Wredberg’s visit two days later. He was in the right place to see his diamond shine in broad daylight, ”park interpreter Waymon Cox said in a statement.
Wredberg had been searching for about an hour when he saw that large rock.
“I didn’t know it was a diamond at the time, but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up!” she said.
Arkansas is the only country with a large diamond population. Once the visitors find the diamond, they bring it to the Diamond Discovery Center park, which confirmed that the Wredberg jelly-bean rock was indeed a diamond. The park said it was the largest diamond found in the park last year.
Wredberg keeps his rock, and is not sure what to do with it now.
More than seventy-five diamonds have been found in the Crater of Diamonds since 1906.