‘Piece of glass’ then a ball of a diamond


Jerry Evans from Lepanto in Arkansas, USA, visited the Crater of Diamonds park in Murfreesboro earlier this year and only recently discovered that he had picked up a 4.87 carat diamond.

Evans visited the park for the first time in the spring with his girlfriend, the park said in a statement. After 10 minutes in the park, he picked up a piece of clear glass. He put it in his pocket along with a few other curiosities and returned home.

“I thought it was just a piece of glass, because it was so clear. I really didn’t know,” Evans said. “We picked up everything we thought might be a diamond.”

However, he kept thinking about the piece of glass and wondered if it might be valuable. He eventually sent it to the Gemmological Institute of America for identification. A few weeks later he heard back from them. What he thought was a piece of glass was an almost colorless diamond. “I couldn’t believe it when they called me with the news!”

After reading an article about a find in the park in the 1990s, his son encouraged him to contact the park about his find.

Wayman Cox, deputy superintendent at the park, said he gets a lot of emails from people wanting him to identify something they’ve picked up, but this is the first time someone has contacted him after making the find. the Gemmological Institute confirmed. “I am very happy that Mr. Evans was able to bring this historic diamond back to the park so we can officially register it.”

Evans’ diamond is the largest find registered at the park after Kevin Kinard from Maumelle picked up a brown diamond of 9.07 carats in 2020. Evans’ diamond is almost as big as a “jelly bean” and has a pyramid shape.

“Mr. Evans’ diamond is something to behold. It is a complete crystal with an exceptional white color,” added Cox.

Many visitors choose their own name for the diamonds they pick up at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Evans named his diamond the “Evans Diamond”.

At least 798 diamonds, together more than 125 carats, have already been registered at the park in 2023. An average of one or two diamonds are picked up by visitors daily.

A total of 75,000 diamonds have been collected at Crater of Diamonds since the first diamonds were discovered by John Huddleston, a farmer who first owned the land. The park was declared a state park in 1972. The largest diamond ever in the US was discovered in 1924 during early mining operations on the land that later became the state park.

Evans followed the advice for anyone considering a visit to the Crater of Diamonds park: “Come and look, because there is a chance. They are there!”

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Arkansas Highway 301 in Murfreesboro. It is one of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source. The park is open daily from 08:00 to 17:00.