Woman finds massive 4-carat diamond at state park — and gets to keep it


  • Noreen Wredberg found a 4.3-caract yellow diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
  • Arkansas is the only state that has a diamond mine open to the public.
  • Park guests found a total of 248 diamonds so far this year.

Finders keepers! A tourist from California recently found a 4.3-carat yellow diamond while at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Noreen Wredberg found the jewel on a trip with her husband, Michael, while the pair was on a retirement tour of US national parks.

“I first saw the park featured on a TV show several years ago,” Noreen told the state parks department. “When I realized we weren’t too far away, I knew we had to come.”

Noreen found the largest diamond at the park this year.

“Arkansas is the only state in the country that has a diamond mine open to the public,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. “It’s such a unique experience, and visitors make lifetime memories, whether or not they find a diamond. Of course, finding a diamond adds to the experience.”

Michael Wredberg suggested the two move further into the park so they could search where it was warmer. Noreen found the diamond shortly after and handed it over to park officials.

“When I first saw this diamond under the microscope, I thought, ‘Wow, what a beautiful shape and color,'” said Caleb Howell, a park superintendent. “Mrs. Wredberg’s diamond weighs more than four carats and is about the size of a jellybean, with a pear shape and a lemonade yellow color.”

Noreen’s discovery is the biggest diamond found at the park since October of last year. A visitor found a 4.49-carat yellow diamond, the park said. Park guests discovered 248 diamonds this year, at an average of two per day.

Noreen said she isn’t sure what she’ll do with the diamond yet, as she’s unsure of the gem’s value.

“I don’t even know what it’s worth yet. It’s all new to me,” she said.

Source: The Hill

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