|Dan Frederick and his daughter, Lauren, traveled from Renton, Washington, to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in search of treasure. The experienced gem-hunters say they've searched half the country looking for sapphires, garnets and agates, but they've always wanted to dig for diamonds.|
Less than one hour after they arrived at the public park on Oct. 3, the Fredericks spotted a 2.03-carat lying right on the ground, three feet from where Dan was standing.
|Mike Botha, a master diamond cutter with Embee Diamonds, headed to Little Rock, Arkansas to work with the Esperanza diamond.|
The Esperanza is an 8.52 carat diamond that was found in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in 2015. It is a 4.6-carat finished diamond.
|He got a chance to peer into the heart of the uncut diamond using special equipment. He said it appears to be completely colourless. "This could be potentially, a flawless diamond."|
It is icicle-shaped, so he had to come up with a unique design to maximize the beauty of this particular diamond. He said the baseline value for the Esperanza is $200,000, but it could go much higher.
|The Crater of Diamonds is a 911 acre state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas that contains a 37.5 acre plowed field in which visitors can literally dig for diamonds.|
It's the world's only diamond-bearing site that's accessible to the public.
|The largest diamond ever discovered in the US, the 40.23-carat Uncle Sam, was found there in 1924. It was cut twice, resulting in a final 12.42-carat (2.484 g) M-color, VVS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond. In 1971, the Uncle Sam was sold for $150,000.|