Huge diamond found: Bobbie Oskarson Diamond

Published: June 28, 2015

Huge diamond found: Bobbie Oskarson Diamond, A Colorado woman found an 8.52-carat diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro on Wednesday after only 20 minutes of looking in the park’s 37.5-acre search field.

Park officials said that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont is the fifth largest diamond discovered since the park was established in 1972 but could not provide an estimate of the value.

She named it Esperanza for her niece’s name and the Spanish word for ‘hope’ and plans to keep the valuable diamond.

The diamond is about three-quarters of an inch long and as big around as a standard No 2 pencil, according to park interpreter Waymon Cox.

Oskarson found the diamond in an area known as the Pig Pen, which is ‘aptly named because it is the muddiest part of the search area after a good rain’.

She was visiting the park for the first time with her boyfriend Travis Dillon.

Cox said: ‘It was hot and sunny at the park, but Ms Oskarson was staying cool by searching in a tree-shaded area when she found her diamond.

‘Ms Oskarson’s 8.5-carat diamond is absolutely stunning, sparkling with a metallic shine, and appears to be an unbroken, capsule-shaped crystal.

‘It features smooth, curved facets, a characteristic shared by all unbroken diamonds from the Crater of Diamonds.’

Oskarson’s find is the 227th diamond certified by park staff this year.

The largest diamond found at the park was 16.37-carats and was discovered in 1975 by a Texan.

Before the site was established as a park, the largest diamond ever discovered in the US was unearthed at Crater in 1956.

The white diamond with a pink cast weighed 40.23-carats and was named the Uncle Sam.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the site since they were first found in 1906.

Huge diamond found: Bobbie Oskarson Diamond

Huge diamond found: Bobbie Oskarson Diamond

Huge diamond found: Bobbie Oskarson Diamond

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