Terry Staggs had been visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., for nearly 28 years with little luck — but a recent discovery made his biannual trips worth while.
Staggs had been wandering around the park that day for about two and a half hours before uncovering the diamond, the Register reports. Crater of Diamonds, which allows visitors to dig through its 37.5 acre field, is “the world’s only diamond site where you can search and keep what you find,” its homepage says.
In 2007, 33-year-old Eric Blake allegedly found a 3.9-carat stone worth up to $8,000 at Crater of Diamonds, but he was later accused of planting a foreign-bought diamond in the soil.
While Staggs’ discovery wasn’t the biggest diamond to ever be discovered at Crater of Diamonds, it is the largest of the 304 diamonds that have been
found in the park this year.
According to the American Gem Society, both the the biggest diamond ever found in North America and the most perfect diamond ever found in North America were discovered at Crater of Diamonds.