By Waymon Cox
Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! It’s hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way through 2015, and summer is just a few weeks away. Over the past three months, thousands of people have visited the Crater in search of diamonds. As of March 31, 73 diamonds had been registered at the park in 2015.
Arkansans registered 40 diamonds during the first quarter of the year, while visitors from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, and 9 other states registered 33 diamonds. Park staff certified 53 white, 12 yellow, and eight brown diamonds over the last three months, weighing a total of more than 12 carats!
The largest diamond found so far this year is a 2.01-carat yellow gem found on the surface of the search area in early February by Louisianan Dean Filppula. With warmer weather and the end of the school year near, we are looking forward to seeing many more visitors and many more beautiful diamonds in the months to come!
Most recent significant precipitation: March 25, 2015
Diamond finds for the week of March 29, 2015 (100 points = one carat):
No diamonds registered March 29.
March 30 – Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 35 pt. white; Denise Hall, Palmyra, MO, 35 pt. white
March 31 – Lee & Denise Hall, Palmyra, MO, 30 pt. white; David Halladay, Fishers, IN, 15 pt. white; Al Fling, Leadville, CO, 9 pt. white; Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 13 pt. white, 17 pt. white
April 1 – Al Fling, Leadville, CO, 11 pt. yellow; Jim Diehl, Deltona, FL, 29 pt. white; Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 10 pt. white
April 2 – Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 10 pt. white
April 3 – Geneva Meyer, Rochester, MN, 23 pt. white; Repp Family, Wentzville, MO, 42 pt. yellow
April 4 – Jonathan Halladay, Fishers, IN, 6 pt.
By Waymon Cox