Yes, you can keep them.

By Perri Ormont Bumberg
January 22, 2019

Do the words "gold rush" excite you? Sure. But how about "free diamonds?" Now we're talking.

It turns out, one very special Arkansas park lets you search for diamonds hiding in their original volcanic source. At Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, visitors can go on their very own gem hunt in a park where more than 33,100 diamonds have been discovered by guests since the founding of the state park in 1972.

Before searching for treasure, head to the Diamond Discovery Center where you'll have a chance to learn more about the precious stones and interact with staff.

Ready to get your hands dirty? "Visitors to the park search a 37-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, for a variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones – and any rock or mineral you find is yours to keep," explains the park's website. "You may bring your own mining equipment (no battery-operated or motor driven mining tools allowed), or rent tools from the park."

In 2015, one lucky visitor found a 3.69-carat white diamond (the park also has brown and yellow diamonds) in the shape of a teardrop, as KARK-TV 4 reported. In a press release from the park, Clark is said to have found the big stone after she asked God, "Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?" After her prayer, Clark spotted the diamond jutting out of the plowed dirt in a ridge and furrow.

If you don't strike it big like Clark, we hear unearthing some smaller gems, or even a trip to the seasonal Diamond Springs Water Park is a nice consolation.

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