On their most recent road trip, a Granite Bay couple who enjoys visiting national parks discovered a huge yellow diamond. For the past seven years, Michael and Noreen Wredberg have made it their mission to visit all of the country’s national parks. When parks began to reopen following the COVID-19 epidemic, the couple chose to go to one in Arkansas.
While they were there, Noreen noted that the country’s sole public diamond mine was an hour distant from the park they were visiting. She informed her spouse that she wanted to include it in the travel plan. They had no idea they were about to discover the year’s largest yellow diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Noreen Wredberg, who discovered the ritzy rock last week while exploring the appropriately called Crater of Diamonds park with her husband Michael, told Arkansas State Parks, “I don’t even know what it’s worth yet.”
The Granite Bay couple was apparently on vacation in Hot Springs National Park when the astute gal learned they were close to the park, which houses the United States’ sole public diamond mine.
Wredberg added, “I first saw the park featured on a TV show several years ago.” then, “I knew we had to come when I realized we weren’t too far away!”
As a result, the two came to a halt in Crater of Diamonds Park and began exploring. Wredberg found the gleaming emerald on the ground and brought it to her husband 40 minutes later.
A California woman found a 4.38-carat yellow diamond sitting on top of the ground within an hour of searching at Crater of Diamonds State Park last week. https://t.co/PgxC6lJsAE pic.twitter.com/N060ekwWPR
— Heath Higgs (@heath_higgs) September 30, 2021
The delighted wife had no idea what it was at first, “but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up!” she teared up.
They transported the bauble to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, where it was identified as a 4.38-carat yellow diamond by park officials.
Caleb Howell, park superintendent, remarked, “When I first saw this diamond under the microscope, I thought, “Wow, what a beautiful shape and color!”
He went on to say that the pear-shaped rock was roughly the size of a “jellybean” and weighed “more than four carats,” making it the largest gemstone discovered at the spot this year.
When Wredberg heard the excellent news, he said, “We really didn’t think we’d could find one, let alone something that big!”
The conditions for finding a gemstone were ideal, according to Howell, because the region had recently gotten approximately an inch of rain. Howell added, “She was in just the right place to see her diamond sparkle in the morning sunlight.”
Wredberg hasn’t decided what to do with her new “girl’s best friend,” but she has given it the name Lucy in honor of her husband’s yellow-furred cat.
“It’s all new to me,” remarked the befuddled treasure seeker, who claims that depending on the quality of her gleaming lottery ticket, she may have it cut.
In 2021, the state park will have registered over 250 gems, with visitors finding an average of two stones each day.
According to park authorities, the biggest diamond ever unearthed in the United States was a 40.23-carat monster discovered in 1924 in Crater of Diamonds. In 1971, a private collector paid $150,000 for the rough diamond, which was cut into a 12.42-carat emerald form.