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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dispelling the Myths of the Crater of Diamonds State Park

We've presented the stories of people who have found diamonds in the world-known park Crater of Diamonds (here and here). Annually a great number of tourists come to the part of try their luck in digging an everlasting stone. In 2014 the number of such adventurers was 559! And this number doesn't decrease over the years. Instead the myths about this park and diamonds are growing larger. Margi Jenks, a park interpreter, who can boast 6 years of experience of working in this park, agreed to dispel four most common wrong beliefs about the diamonds of the Crater of Diamonds State Park:

1 – Diamonds found in the park are oily. They are not, but this can be the effect of little static electric charge of diamonds (actually any diamond, not exactly one found in this field). The last makes them feel slick, which people treat as greasiness.

2 – Park's staff are mostly gemologists, who buy diamonds from the park. In fact, none of the employees are somehow related to gemology. But they can refer the visitors to certain registered gemologists in Arkansas so that they could get the information on the stone. Park's employees don't put funds on diamonds, too.

3 – The most popular and long-lived myth is that the diamonds found in the park are intentionally bought and scattered around the search area to attract visitors. This legend was born with the discovery of the first diamond stone in the early 1900s. To break that belief, early miners searched for a diamond entrenched in volcanic ash or lava of this very crater to make sure it was 'born' in this very place. They succeeded and since that time it became possible to identify the origin of each diamond found in the park.

4 – And the last myth is about the largest diamonds. There's a rumor that some staff are asked to save the diamonds of big size for some time and when the Park needs additional boost of publicity they bring the stones back. The truth is, it's impossible to keep the news about a large diamond discovery in secret. Margi Jenks says such news quickly goes the round of the park, so once a large diamonds is found every tourist and staff get to know about that immediately.

You can try your luck in find a diamond stone in the Park!

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