A California woman visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas found a 4.38-carat yellow diamond after less than an hour of searching, officials said.
Arkansas State Parks said Noreen Wredberg of Granite Bay was visiting the park with her husband on Thursday and had been looking for gems in an open field for about 40 minutes when she spotted something shiny on the surface.
“I didn’t know it was a diamond then, but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up,” Wredberg recalled.
Wredberg’s husband, Michael, took her find to the Diamond Discovery Center, where it was identified as a 4.38-carat yellow diamond.
“When I first saw this diamond under the microscope, I thought, ‘Wow, what a beautiful shape and color,'” Park Superintendent Caleb Howell said. “Mrs. Wredberg’s diamond weighs more than four carats and is about the size of a jellybean, with a pear shape and a lemonade yellow color.”
Officials said Wredberg’s discovery is the largest diamond found at the park since October 2020.
Wredberg said she hasn’t yet decided whether to have the diamond cut or to leave it as-is.
“I don’t even know what it’s worth yet. It’s all new to me,” she said.