by Sally Matheny
The Treasures Found on Our Diamond Dig
(photos by Sally Matheny)
When I first heard of the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, I knew our family had to go. We are all into watching television shows of folks mining and digging for buried treasures.
We have panned for gold before since it’s part of our region’s history.
Although today, gold is like an elusive family member in these parts. And diamonds are like aliens from another planet.
Maybe they’re not as rare as aliens, but the last diamond found remotely close to where we live was in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. And that was in 1893!
So we headed to Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Let me tell you about about the treasures we found on our diamond dig!
On our way back from a trip to the Grand Canyon, we dipped down an hour’s drive off course and headed to the Crater of Diamonds. In route, we discussed what we would name our diamond, should we find one, because that is what you really get to do. It's officially recorded in the books.
Of course, my boy was coming up with crazy names while I was thinking how much of the gospel I could fit into a name. Don’t laugh! There has been a 2.93-carat “God’s Blessing,” a 5.16-carat “God’s Glory” (found after only ten minutes of searching!), and a 2.85-carat “God’s Jewel” which later sold for $20,000.
So, if the Lord blessed me with a diamond, you bet I was going to fit Jesus in there somewhere.
Once we arrived, we paid $10.00 each to enter the world’s only “Keep What You Find” diamond site.
Our enthusiasm to “get rich quick” pushed us quickly through the informational section of the center. I tried to catch a few glimpses of an instructional video while the guys went to retrieve equipment.
On average, one to two diamonds a day are discovered there so we wanted to get started and find one before anyone else. Does that sound a bit greedy? Hmm…yes. But I was going to balance that out by naming my diamond after Jesus, remember?