Denis Tyrrell appears on the DVD "How To Find Genuine Diamonds in Arkansas" and did an excellent job demonstrating the method he used to find his 4.42-carat, white diamond. It is the largest diamond discovered at the park in the past 14 months.

The following was written by Denny Reinke, Vice President of The Diamond Source of Virginia and appeared on his website

July 21, 2008

Nine Year Old Finds Diamond in Arkansas

Matthew Smith of Dallas, Texas is one of the latest to discover a diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.  Along with his cousins from Connecticut, visited the park last week and found a 2.75-carat brown diamond.  He named the diamond the Brown-Eyed Beauty.

Visitors at the park get to keep the diamonds they find at the 37.5 acre plowed field, the worlds only diamond producing mine open to the public.  While visitors at the park find diamonds almost every day of the year, the 2.75-carat find is rare.

Crater of diamonds 2.75 carat Perhaps the top authority on Crater of Diamonds is Glenn Worthington who found his first diamonds at the park in the summer of 1978.  Glenn has been fascinated by the park every since and has written several books explaining the history of the park and the discoveries there.  He just released a new DVD entitled “How to Find Genuine Diamonds in Arkansas,” which is available on his website at

Glenn emailed me this note this weekend that puts this 2.75-carat diamond find in perspective.

Hi Denny,

Here is some news.  A week ago, on July 12th, a nine-year-old boy arrived at the Crater with his family.  Seven minutes later, he picked up a shiny rock and showed it to his mother.  "Is this a diamond?" he asked.  "No," she replied because it was really too big and they'd only been there a few minutes.  They held onto the shiny pebble for three hours and had it setting on a bucket with other rocks at the wash pavilion.  Finally, the young boy's aunt said, "You ought to take that to the Diamond Discover Center and have it checked to see if it is a diamond."  He did, and it was.  It was a brown diamond that weighed 2.75 carats, and they'd just left it laying around for 3 hours while they searched for diamonds.  Funny but true.  A nine-year-old boy did better in seven minutes at the Crater than I have done in 30 years of searching.  That is the amazing thing about that place.  You never know when or where a big diamond will turn up or who will find it.

Hope all is well with you,

July 21, 2008 in Crater of Diamonds

Visitor Finds Beauty
after Hard Day’s Work

By Waymon Cox

Joe Montoya, a visitor from San Antonio, Texas, visited Crater of Diamonds State Park with his wife on August 23, 2008 for a little clean family fun.  The trip had been his wife’s idea, and despite the search area being very muddy after recent rains, the couple was determined to find their own gem.

After digging and sifting most of the afternoon, Joe was working on the final sift of his last bucket of dirt for the day when he spotted a gleaming stone in his washed gravel.  He plucked it out of the pile and returned with it to the Diamond Discovery Center, where it was identified, weighed, and certified as a 69-point yellow diamond!
Weighing more than 2/3 of a carat, the stone is a beautiful round shape and shines brilliantly from its display case.  According to Joe’s wife, they plan to keep this first find as a souvenir of their trip.

Louisiana Father and Son Find Beautiful Gem

By Waymon Cox

On July 28, 2008, Tommy and his father traveled from Louisiana and spent their day digging and sifting at Crater of Diamonds State Park.  Tommy’s dad, Maurice, had his son carry their finds to the Diamond Discovery Center to have them identified.  One of their stones turned out to be a 21 point white diamond!  Tommy had it certified under his father, who, he said, originally discovered the diamond.

Their gem is well-rounded, about the size of a match head, with a lustrous shine.  Tommy’s and Maurice’s story proves that teamwork can help find diamonds!

9-Year-Old Visitor Finds Beautiful Diamond

By Waymon Cox

On July 4, 2008, 9-year-old Alexandria Herring, from Huntsville, Alabama, celebrated part of her Independence Day by visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park with her parents.  They entered the park early in the morning to search before the day became hot.  While sifting through the Crater soil, Alexandria picked out a crystal she thought might have been quartz.  Noticing the stone’s glossy surface, she carried it to the Diamond Discovery Center to have it identified.  There, Alexandria learned she had found a white diamond weighing 44 points!

The find, named “Diamond Quartz” by Alexandria, sparkles beautifully in its case and symbolizes an Independence Day she’ll never forget.

Massachusetts Visitor
Makes Fantastic Find

By Waymon Cox

For six years, 14-year-old Zach had a dream:  to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park.  On June 22, 2008, that dream came true as Zach traveled from his Massachusetts hometown to Murfreesboro, Arkansas with his parents and sister.

While walking near the south washing pavilion in the search area, Zach found a smooth, yellow crystal on top of the ground.  He carried the stone back to the Diamond Discovery Center, where it was identified as a 54 point yellow diamond!  Zach’s gem is bright yellow, with a beautiful macle shape.

This trip fulfilled Zach’s wish to visit Arkansas and Crater of Diamonds State Park, and his spectacular find was a dream come true!

Teen Finds Beautiful Gem

By Waymon Cox

On a sunny Sunday morning, June 22, 2008, 15-year-old Kelsey Kinnamon and her family visited Crater of Diamonds State Park from Parsons, Kansas.  Kelsey, who learned of the Crater from watching the Travel Channel, was wet sifting with her stepfather when she noticed a shiny crystal in their gravel.  Much to Kelsey’s surprise, her sparkling stone was soon certified as a 30-point yellow diamond by the Diamond Discovery Center staff!

Kelsey’s first diamond find will certainly be an occasion she will remember for life, commemorated by one of Earth’s most beautiful treasures!

11-Year-Old Kicks Off Summer with Beautiful Find!

By Waymon Cox

On June 20, 2008, Kaitlin Lindley, an 11-year-old from Frisco, Texas, visited Crater of Diamonds State Park with her parents, sister, and friends.  After wet sifting through the morning, the group stopped by the Diamond Discovery Center to have their stones identified.  It was there that Kaitlin learned she had found her very own Crater diamond!  The stone is white in color, weighs 13 points, and is teardrop-shaped.  This was Kaitlin’s first find, and a great start to her summer!

11-Year-Old Visitor Finds 52 Point Diamond

By Waymon Cox

On April 19, 2008, 11-year-old Hannah Gormley traveled from Arlington, Texas to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park with her family.  After spending the day searching for diamonds, the family agreed to return the morning of the 20th for a few final hours at the Crater.  It turned into a day Hannah will surely remember for the rest of her life.

While exploring near Canary Hill, in the southwest corner of the search area, Hannah made an interesting find-a shining yellow stone lying on top of the ground.  After taking her find to the nearby Diamond Discovery Center for identification, Hannah learned she had found a yellow diamond weighing more than half a carat!  The stone was smoothly shaped, with a light yellow hue and almost no visible imperfections.  It was Hannah’s first diamond find, and certainly the perfect conclusion for the trip of a lifetime!

September 20, 2008
Michigan man finds 4.68 carat diamond in Arkansas park

Richard Burke and his wife, Carol, of Flint, Michigan, had been visiting Colorado. While there, they went panning for gold and fossil hunting. He then decided to drive 950 miles in two days to visit Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park. He'd read about Arkansas’s diamond site in a geology book and seen a feature about the park that aired on The Travel Channel’s show, “The Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures.” Their visit to the Crater of Diamonds paid off when Richard found a 4.68-carat white diamond in the park’s diamond search area at 11:15 a.m. today. Burke, a retired high school counselor and golf coach, unearthed his gem while surface searching in a shallow ravine near West Drain area of the park’s 37 ½-acre search area. He had been searching for approximately three hours this morning when Burke discovered it.

According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Henderson, Burke’s white diamond looks like a frosted ice cube and is about the size of piece of Chicklet Gum. Burke named his diamond the Sweet Caroline after his wife, Carol, and their song, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” They plan to keep the diamond and mount it in a piece of jewelry.

Henderson noted that it was the 612th diamond found by a park visitor so far this year. According to Henderson, “Surface hunting is very good at the Crater of Diamonds State Park right now because of the heavy rains the park received from recent Tropical Depression Gustav and Tropical Depression Ike.”

Henderson emphasized that the park policy is finder-keepers. “What park visitors find in the diamond search area is theirs to keep.”

9-Year-Old Finds Gem on Surface

By Waymon Cox

  On Monday, October 20, 2008, a 9-year-old Texas visitor found his first diamond on the surface of the search area, a few feet from where his mother was sifting.  “I’ve never touched a diamond before,” he exclaimed, showing the find to others.  “I always thought they were too expensive!”
  The diamond was a white gem, weighing just over one-third of a carat.  Its discovery came during the boy’s second visit to the Crater; an experience he’ll surely never forget!

November 16, 2008
2.09-carat White Diamond Found on the Surface

Rhonda Bankston of Baton Rouge, Louisiana decided to camp at the park and give diamond hunting there a try.  At about 11:00 a.m. on her second day of prospecting she found a 2.09-carat white diamond.  She later had it faceted to a 1.04-carat cushion cut.  It was graded as internally flawless with just a tiny spot on the edge of the diamond.  It was professionally appraised to be $21,300.

April 9, 2009


  Glenn Worthington of Springdale has visited Arkansas ’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, many times over the past 30 years.  His time spent prospecting in the park’s 37 ½-acre diamond search area has been rewarded many times with diamond finds.  However, all of his diamonds except for one have weighed under a carat.  On Thursday, April 9, 2009, Worthington discovered the largest of all his diamond finds, a stunning 2.04-carat canary diamond he named the Easter Sunrise Diamond.

   Worthington was washing gravel that he’d dug out of the park’s east drain, a low area in the park’s diamond search area, when he found the yellow diamond in his screen.

  It was in the last bucket he planned to wash before shutting down for the Easter weekend.  The diamond has a smooth, lustrous surface with no cracks or internal spots of graphite.  It is an elongated, complete crystal that would yield itself well to a marquise cut, but Glenn and his wife Cindy do not plan to cut or sell this special diamond.  They are going to keep their diamond and enjoy it in its natural form.   Worthington dubbed his bright yellow stone the Easter Sunrise Diamond because that is what he thought of when he saw it glowing up at him from his screen full of gravel.

   Worthington noted that he has produced a DVD that teaches others how to find diamonds in Arkansas and has written a book about the history of the Crater of Diamonds, but this large a diamond find has eluded him for decades.  His said that his fellow diamond mining enthusiasts have all congratulated him on yesterday’s find. 

  Margi Jenks, one of the park geological interpreters on staff at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, noted, “It is Glenn’s persistence and passion for the Crater of Diamonds State Park that finally paid off with this beautiful gem.”

  According to Park Superintendent Tom Stolarz, “The gem’s canary color is a bright yellow, very remindful of the yellow on an American Goldfinch.”

  Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public.  Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow.  The three most common colors found at the park are white, brown and yellow, in that order. 

  Stolarz said that canary diamonds are often found at the park and are included in the list of the Crater of Diamond’s notable diamond finds.  Because of the brightness of their yellow color, canary diamonds are sometimes referred to as lemon or lemon drop stones.   Stolarz continued, “Here at the Crater of Diamonds, canary diamonds are among the most sought after stones by our park visitors.”

  An average of two diamonds a day are unearthed by park visitors at the Crater of Diamonds.  According to park records, during 2008 a total of 946 diamonds were found at the park.  Twenty seven of those diamonds weighed over one carat.   Worthington ’s 2.04-carat Easter Sunrise Diamond is the largest of the 296 diamonds found at the park so far this year.

This exquisit gem is now being offered for sale.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is a great place to find
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February 18, 2010

The Brown Rice Diamond     

     A big diamond was just registered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park on February 18, 2010.
     Glenn Worthington found his first ten diamonds in Arkansas in the summer of 1978.  Today he registered the largest one he has ever found in those nearly thirty-two years of searching.  It is a 2.13-carat, light brown diamond with an unusually dull, matte finish.  This is the largest one anyone has found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park so far this year. 
     It is an elongated diamond crystal that would yield itself well to a marquise cut.  In its natural, uncut form it bears the shape and color of extra long grained brown rice.  Because of this stark similarity, Glenn and his wife Cindy have decided to name it, “The Brown Rice Diamond.”  It also seems appropriate because two of the main images on the Arkansas quarter are that of rice and a diamond.  The U.S. Mint has made nearly 750 million of these quarters and they will be in circulation for at least thirty years.
     He found this extraordinary gem while digging and washing gravel in the southern portion of the diamond search field.  Since all holes that are dug in the park have to be filled back in the same day Glenn has been digging with two other, regular diggers, Bill and Dave Anderson.  They equally divide the buckets of muddy gravel at the end of each day.  They store them in pens rented from the park and return the next day to wash the gravel and search through it for diamonds.  All three men found diamonds.   Glenn was just fortunate that his buckets had the largest one in it.
     Glenn has produced a DVD called, “How to Find Genuine Diamonds in Arkansas.”  He is also the author of the book, “Genuine Diamonds Found in Arkansas,” which is now in its third printing.  They are available through his website  Glenn is very pleased to have found this large, valuable diamond in addition to the 2.04-carat, fancy yellow “Easter Sunrise Diamond” he found last April.  Both of these gems exhibit uniquely elongated shapes and are nearly the same size and weight.
     “I’m not ready to give up the hunt,” Worthington said, “just because I have found two diamonds that weigh over two carats each.  There are many more, big beautiful diamonds out there waiting to be found.”  Mike Howard, geology supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, has calculated that at the current rate of 1,000 diamonds being found per year, the Crater of Diamonds State Park won’t run out of diamonds for more than 500 years.

Brown Rice Diamond
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Glenn W. Worthington, author of the book and host of the DVD, is featured on the front cover of the Sept/Oct, 2010, Gold Prospectors Magazine.  His article, "Hunting For Big Diamonds in Arkansas," begins on page 20 and is accompanied by numerous photos.

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