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The Jewell Gem: Rediscovery of a Historic Arkansas Diamond

The Crater of Diamonds State Park (CDSP), located in southwestern Arkansas near the city of Murfreesboro, has enjoyed record attendance since March 2006, thanks to the site’s centennial celebration, the tremendous publicity from several notable diamond finds, and the publication of a revised edition of Worthington’s (2007) book, Genuine Diamonds Found in Arkansas. One of Worthington’s chapters discusses the current whereabouts of early, important specimens. Some crystals were cut and sold to anonymous buyers and auction-goers (e.g., the Uncle Sam Diamond and the Star of Arkansas); other stones remained uncut and were placed in museum collections (the Smithsonian Institution and the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott, Arkansas). Other specimens, sadly, have been lost.

Dr. Jim Houran is a research psychologist, gemstone collector, and member of the Mineralogical Association of Dallas (MAD).

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