Grandma finds year's largest diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas

"I thought it was shiny, but had no idea it was a diamond!"


A grandmother visiting Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park with her family found the largest diamond discovered at the park so far this year.

Beatrice Watkins of Mena, visited the park with her daughter and granddaughters on Saturday.

Watkins found the gem within 30 minutes of her arrival.

She was dry sifting soil near the center of the park's search area when she saw the diamond.

"I was searching with my daughter and granddaughters when I picked it up," Watkins said. "I thought it was shiny but had no idea it was a diamond! My daughter Googled similar-looking stones and thought it might have been iron pyrite, so I stuck it in my sack and kept sifting."

Watkins didn't learn the true identity of the stone until she and her family took at break an hour later. Park staff looked over Watkins' finds and informed her the rock was a brown diamond weighing 2.23 carats.

This is the largest diamond found at the park since October 2019.

Watkins named her diamond after herself, calling it the "Lady Beatrice." She said she will probably keep it as an inheritance for her family.