Hailed as most valuable diamond ever found in U.S.
There are events that happen with such incredible timing and good fortune it almost seems like divine intervention is at work. Such is the case with the 8.52-carat Esperanza Diamond rough. From its serendipitous finding by a Colorado tourist at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas to the network of industry professionals that made it possible for this extraordinary diamond to return to Arkansas at Stanley Jewelers Gemologist where it was cut and polished during a world-first video stream event viewed by thousands on YouTube.
The story of this incredible diamond find begins in late June last year when Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, and her boyfriend Travis Dillon found the Crater of Diamonds State Park on a travel map. For kicks they thought it would be fun to dig for diamonds. The couple set their sights on Pig Pen, a 37-acre terrain known to be a sloppy, muddy mess after a heavy rainfall.