MURFREESBORO, Ark. — After only spending 30 minutes at Crater of Diamonds State Park, Beatrice Watkins picked up the largest diamond to be found there in 2020.
Watkins found a pea-sized rock that her daughter thought was iron pyrite and put it in her bag.
The 2.23-carat discovery was made when park staff told her that what she believed was iron pyrite was actually a brown diamond.
The diamond has been named “Lady Beatrice” by Watkins.
Watkins discovery is the largest since late 2019 when a woman found a 3.29-carat diamond found by dry sifting, according to KATV, the same method used by Watkins.
37.5-acre Crater of Diamonds State Park in southeast Arkansas is the only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public in the world. Diamonds were first discovered there in 1906.
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