All eyes are on Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, as a very lucky woman discovers an 8.52 carat diamond there that she gets to take home.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park brings in quite a few bold tourists who want to try out their luck because it has a very convenient policy that allows people to take home whichever diamond or other gemstone that they find on the premises.
Many have come and they have all looked around so closely hoping to see a shiny wonder sparkling back at them, but nothing ever shone back. But along came Bobbie Oskarson on her first visit to the park and 20 minutes in, she found something worthy of remembrance. What she unearthed was an 8.52 carat diamond, half the size of a quarter.
Beginner’s luck seems to kick in every once in while for each of us, but for Bobbie Oskarson it came through in a really big way! The lucky lady gets to take home an 8.52 carat diamond and that makes for a very impressive souvenir.
For obvious reasons, the Crater of Diamonds State Park officials cannot give out the exact worth of the diamond, but it is to be expected that the gemstone it is worth quite the pretty penny, given the fact that it is the fifth largest diamond found on park grounds since 1972, when it was opened to the public.
But in spite of its considerable financial worth, Bobbie Oskarson has decided to keep the diamond for herself, because it now has sentimental value. She even gave the stone a name, like the custom dictates.
Therefore, the 8.52 carat diamond, the fifth largest one to be found in Crater of Diamonds State Park will henceforth be known as the “Esperanza Diamond”, after Bobbie Oskarson’s niece.
“Ms. Oskarson and her boyfriend Travis Dillon saw the Crater of Diamonds State Park on an Arkansas highway map while in the nearby town of Hot Springs and decided to visit the park. And what a lucky first visit it was for her!”,park official Waymon Cox told reporters.
At first glance, it might seem that the park loses money by allowing Ms. Oskarson to keep the diamond that she found since it has such impressive characteristics. But it should be taken into account that such an event has the potential to bring in so many more curious tourists who want to try out their luck, all in the hope of having Bobbie Oskarson’s luck.
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