Miranda Hollingshead, 27 years old, of Bogata, Texas, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park for the first time when she spotted the 3.72 carat yellow diamond after an hour searching on Friday, Aug. 16, according to KY3 News.
Hollingshead said that wasn’t her original plan although she had known about the Crater of Diamonds for years. When she found out the park wasn’t too far from her home, she decided to go with her siblings for a diamond hunt.
Hollingshead said she found the diamond at the base of a hill on the northeast side of the park.
She carried her find to the Diamond Discovery Center, where park staff registered it as a 3.72 ct. yellow diamond. She found the largest diamond discovered this year at an Arkansas state park.
Hollingshead and her son named her gem the Caro Avenger. She said if she doesn’t sell it, she’ll probably have it mounted in a ring.
Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said that heavy rainfall likely played a role in Hollingshead finding her diamond.
“Much of the ground where Ms. Hollingshead found her diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock. When it rains, flowing runoff often leaves loose gravel, and sometimes diamonds, on the surface in these areas,” Cox said.
This is the largest registered at the Crater of Diamonds since March 2017, when a teenager from Centerton found a 7.44-carat brown gem. And the stone is the largest yellow diamond since a visitor from Oklahoma City found a 3.85-carat jewel there in October 2013.