Couple finds 1.9-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park for 10th anniversary

Jessica and Seth Erickson at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park

Couple finds 1.9-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park for 10th anniversary

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A Minnesota couple found a 1.9-carat brown diamond on their visit to Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Jessica and Seth Erickson stopped by the crater during their 10th-anniversary road trip in which they visited a total of 11 national parks. They took some dirt from the 37.5-acre diamond search area and wet-sifted it for about an hour before Seth found the pony-bead-sized diamond. Staff at the Diamond Discovery Center were able to register it as 1.9 carats.

The Ericksons named their diamond HIMO, the initials of all their children.

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“581 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in 2022,” the park wrote in a press release Wednesday. “An average of one to two diamonds are found by park visitors each day.”

About three-fourths of all diamonds found at the park are found via wet sifting, as the Ericksons found theirs.

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John Wesley Huddleston found the first diamond in Arkansas’s Pike County in 1906, according to the park’s website. He would go on to buy the land, a 160-acre farm, where he found the diamond. This land, which would become the state park, was eventually sold for $36,000.

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