Texas Woman Finds Huge Diamond At Arkansas Park

Chris Sommer
August 22, 2019 - 1:12 pm
Crater of Diamonds State Park

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A daytrip to dig for diamonds in Arkansas turned out to be delightful for a woman from Texas.

Miranda Hollingshead is from the northeast Texas town of Bogata, in Red River County.  When her siblings came for a visit last week, the group decided to head over to Crater of Diamonds State Park, the world's only diamond-producing site that allows the public to search for diamonds and keep what they find.

Hollingshead said after searching for about an hour, she decided to find some shade and take a break.  She told the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, "I was watching a YouTube video on how to find diamonds.  I looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks."

"It" turned out to be a yellow diamond weighing 3.72 carats.  Park officials say Hollingshead spotted the largest yellow diamond found at the park since October 2013.  It is the biggest of any type since March 2017.  And yep, it's all hers.  Finders keepers.

Hollingshead said she hasn't decided what she will do with the big diamond.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, in the southwestern portion of the state.   ​