After Years of Searching, Man Finds Largest Diamond of the Year at Arkansas State Park

“I said, ‘Wow, that’s a big diamond!’”

2.38 ct. brown diamond
Photo: Tourism Arkansas

What's small, round, and the color of coffee? The largest diamond discovered at Crater of Diamonds State Park this year!

The Arkansas park revealed in a news release that after a decade of searching, Adam Hardin found what he was looking for on April 10: a 2.38-carat brown diamond.

Hardin, a frequent visitor to the Arkansas park, was wet-sifting soil from the search area's East Drain when he found the rare gem.

"It was right in the middle when I flipped my screen over," he recalled in a news release. "When I saw it, I said, 'Wow, that's a big diamond!'"

Adam Hardin at the Crater of Diamonds State Park search field
Arkansas State Parks

Hardin transported his find in a pill bottle to the park's Diamond Discovery Center, where staff registered it as a 2.38-carat brown diamond.

"Mr. Hardin's diamond is about the size of a pinto bean, with a coffee brown color, and a rounded shape," Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said in a statement. "It has a metallic shine typical of all diamonds found at the park, with a few inclusions and crevices running all along the surface."

The diamond is the largest found at the park since last September, when a visitor from California discovered a 4.38-carat yellow gem. Hardin's is the largest brown diamond since the 9.07-carat Kinard Friendship Diamond was discovered on Labor Day 2020.

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Like many finders of large Crater diamonds, Hardin chose to name his gem. The moniker he picked for the brown diamond? Frankenstone.

"I thought of the name because it has a pretty and kind of not-so-pretty look to it," Hardin explained. "Us diamond miners call that 'character!'"

Congratulations, Adam!

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