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Old 07-14-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Its been several years since I've been there.

The Visitor's Center was very nice.
Don't go when it is hot.
They say the opportunity to find diamonds is best after a rain.
There are several serious diamond hunters there.
If you want to search for diamonds, don't wear good clothes.
They find about 250 diamonds per year.

Even if you don't try diamond hunting, and just look around, it is fun.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We just got back from a family vacation in Arkansas; Crater of Diamonds was our first day.
As others have pointed out, the search field is a hot place, since it is out in the open with almost no shade.
After 20 or 30 minutes in the field, my sons immediately wanted to go swimming (there is a water park).
Bring a wide brimmed hat, and/or an umbrella to shade yourself from the sun when you're out in the field searching.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:03 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Some even sell to industrial bit makers as the Ark. Diamond is supposedly a lot harder than most African diamonds.
Impossible. Diamond is diamond ... pure carbon crystalized. Hardness on Mohs scale: 10. Experienced gemologists can try to guess the origins of a diamond if there are certain charactistic imperfections (inclusions) present. A flawless diamond is impossible to trace by origin, just as a piece of pure gold cannot be traced.

I am a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. A gemologist for nearly 40 years. My father was in the diamond business for years.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Impossible. Diamond is diamond ... pure carbon crystalized. Hardness on Mohs scale: 10. Experienced gemologists can try to guess the origins of a diamond if there are certain charactistic imperfections (inclusions) present. A flawless diamond is impossible to trace by origin, just as a piece of pure gold cannot be traced.

I am a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. A gemologist for nearly 40 years. My father was in the diamond business for years.
That's a big 10-4. A diamond is a diamond is a diamond and very few of the Murfreesboro diamonds are gem quality. If that was a commercial operation the recovered diamonds would be used as industrial diamonds, and not because of their "hardness" but because of their imperfections.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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In today's paper; Saturday a Texas man found a 2.13 carat somewhat square champagne-brown diamond. He was in Texarkana on business and decided to go to the Park. The Park Interpreter said it was the 368th found this year, and the fifth this year weighing over 2 carats.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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The next time I'm in Arkansas I would like to check this famous park out for myself.

I would actually be interested in finding a gem stone other than a diamond - like a garnet - which are often found in the same kimberlite pipes as diamonds.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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The next time I'm in Arkansas I would like to check this famous park out for myself.

I would actually be interested in finding a gem stone other than a diamond - like a garnet - which are often found in the same kimberlite pipes as diamonds.
Yep, they have garnet and other semiprecious stones.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I just saw on the Internet that a teenage girl from OK found a 3.85 carat diamond.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: MD/Arkansas
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We were just down there about a week ago. The day were there by the time we left around 1pm they had already found 4 diamonds that day alone! Then came the story about the girl that found the 3.85 carat, told my wife we just looked in the wrong area!!!! LOL!! Even without finding any diamonds we had fun!!!!
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:16 AM
 
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It said in the article I read on the teenage girl's find that there had been 396 diamonds found in this year alone! We've been there twice, but it was hot both times....I'd like to go again, but in the fall or spring. AND I'd like to go right after they've plowed!
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