What a find! Woman discovers 8.52-carat diamond at Arkansas park

This June 24, 2015 handout photo provided by the Crater of Diamonds State Park Bobbie Oskarson holds the 8.52-carat diamond she found at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro. (Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) – An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond’s potential value.

This June 24, 2015 handout photo provided by the Crater of Diamonds State Park shows a 8.52-carat diamond alongside an Arkansas commemorative quarter that includes a symbol of Arkansas's diamond site on it. Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond's potential value. (Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)
Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. (Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)

Park interpreter Waymon Cox said Oskarson found the gem Wednesday in the southwest corner of the 37½ acre search field and named it Esperanza Diamond for her niece’s name and the Spanish word for “hope.” Cox said the diamond is about three-quarters of an inch long and as big around as a standard No. 2 pencil.

The largest diamond found at the park is 16.37 carats and was discovered in 1975.

This June 24, 2015 handout photo provided by the Crater of Diamonds State Park Bobbie Oskarson holds the 8.52-carat diamond she found at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro. Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond's potential value. (Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)
The park did not provide an estimate of the diamond’s potential value. (Crater of Diamonds State Park via AP)

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