When we think about mining diamonds we are generally drawn to the controversy that is in South Africa. The diamond mining atrocities in South Africa were made very well known by the movie Blood Diamonds. And as such, several famous musicians, like Little Wayne, have taken stands against it. But, South Africa isn’t the only place that diamonds exist. In fact, you can do your own diamond mining in Arkansas.
Maybe one day you’ll become as well respected as Moti Ferder. He is the CEO and Design Director attached to Lugano Diamonds. His company got its start in Israel in the diamond cutting market. Currently, he’s noticing that colored diamonds are seeing a lot of sales growth. It is probably due to the rarity of the diamonds. However, when you decide to try your hand at mining in Arkansas you will probably be looking for those crystal-clear versions we all know so well. But how will you do that?
Visit Murfreesboro, Arkansas
The first step in your diamond mining adventure is to go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park which is located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas (you can stay at the Diamond John’s Riverside Retreat when you go, click here for more information). It’s the only diamond mine in the entire world that is open to the public.
And, while you are visiting the crater you get to hunt for genuine diamonds and keep anything else in the mineral arena that you may find. Make sure you pack a lunch or at least some water because you will be given access to a 37-acre field that has been plowed leaving an eroded landscape.
This section of land is home to a volcanic diamond pipe from ancient times. But before you get to searching, you’ll want to peruse the visitor center where you can get a lot of education about the geology in the area. There are also diamond finding tips since these diamonds won’t look like you are expecting. They haven’t been cut, polished, and faceted yet.
Some History about the Park
More than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered on the property since the first one in 1906. John Huddleston was the first man to find diamonds in the area. He found two on his farm and that led to what people called “diamond fever.” In fact, the discovery earned him the name, Diamond John. And from that day forward it has been, “finders-keepers” on the property.
Though the property had previously been studied by geologist who found nothing, the farm Huddleston bought yielded two diamonds the first year he resided there. Apparently, Huddleston was working on his hog farm spreading rock salt. While doing so he noted some specks shining through and suspected he’d found gold. But it was stones instead. And though the local bank cashier offered to pay him 50 cents for the two stones, he declined. Eventually he sent them off to a New York City diamond expert and it was determined that they were genuine diamonds. Read this.
Word spread quickly at that time and so it was Diamond John that earned Murfreesboro a little notoriety. It became a hotbed of activity with thousands of people flocking in. It was so explosive that the Conway Hotel in Murfreesboro had to turn away 10,000 people in one year. Huddleston decided to sell his farm shortly thereafter. He received $36,000 for it and the rest is history.
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