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The 27th annual John Huddleston Day will be June 19 at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro, Ark.
The event celebrates the 1906 discovery of diamonds in the region by farmer John Wesley Huddleston.

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Glenn Worthington of Springdale has visited Arkansas's diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, many times over the past 30 years. His time spent prospecting in the park's 37 -acre diamond search area has been rewarded many times with diamond finds. However, all of his diamonds except for one have weighed under a carat. Yesterday afternoon Worthington discovered the largest of all his diamond finds, a stunning 2.04-carat canary diamond he named the Easter Sunrise Diamond.
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Searching for Placer Diamonds

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W.O. Bassum found a giant of a gemstone in 1924 -- a 40.23 carat diamond.
It might surprise you to hear that he wasn't digging in one of the famous South African diamond mines at the time, but was near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, at a site that is now the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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5.75-Carat White Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds
This week's vacation had started off on a disappointing note for Mike Burns of Arab, Alabama, who planned to devote his week off as a delivery driver from work to enjoying his new hobby of prospecting and treasure hunting. After driving out to Colorado to prospect at a particular site there, he learned that the owner wouldn't be available to give him access to the property until this Wednesday. So, Burns headed home and decided he'd prospect, instead, at Arkansas's diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro. He'd visited the park once before late last summer.

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At Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, visitors can pay a $7 admission fee, grab a shovel and try their hand at diamond prospecting. The rule is "finders keepers." Over the past three years, annual visitation has tripled to 170,000, and in 2007 tourists pulled more than 1,000 precious stones from the ground. Some visitors use a special screen known as a seruca to wash and separate the heavier diamonds from the lighter debris. Others just get down on their hands and knees, squinting for jewels in the furrows. The 800-acre park holds out the hope, however slim, that just about anyone can strike it rich. Unfortunately, the park may also hold out a temptation for mineralogical mischief.

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The good times have never seemed so good for one Michigan man who found a diamond Saturday in an Arkansas state park.
Richard Burke found the stone in a shallow ravine near West Drain area of the park's search area. The couple had been looking for about three hours.

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Dennis Tyrrell has found a 4.42 carat white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

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Arkansas is known for something very unique.
The ONLY public access diamond mine in the entire world. For a small fee, anyone can go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Arkansas and search for diamonds in the giant open dirt field.
A man named Eric Blake (www.arkansasdiamondjewelry.com) figured out he could make some money by purchasing diamonds from India then take them into the park and find them.
A brown diamond from India costs around $100 per carat, while a similar diamond from Arkansas costs $1000 -$2000 per carat. A profit of more than 1000%.

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Denis Tyrrell was walking past a hole he'd filled in while searching for gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park, when he saw a sparkle. The 3.48-carat diamond turned out to the biggest that diamond Tyrrell had found in regular digs that he began in March. The stone is also the 1,000th diamond found at the park this year, a mark last reached in 1994, park interpreter Kim Garland said Monday.
Tyrrell, 48, made his find Sunday afternoon in soil that had come from the top layer of dirt where he dug.

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