Diamonds are one of the most popular (and expensive) options when it comes to jewelry. Jewelry isn't the only use for them, however. Diamonds have some incredible properties that offer a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and scientific uses. They are the hardest known natural substance in the world, and frequently are found on the tips of drills and saw blades. Incredibly sharp, thin knives are made from diamonds, to aid in preparing samples for microscopes. The thermal properties of diamonds allow them to be used in microelectronics. Beautiful and versatile, what can't diamonds do? They are, however, quite costly in stores. If you'd like to try your hand at a more affordable option, look no further than Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
The former motto of Arkansas was, "The Land of Opportunity." The current motto is, "The Natural State." Nowhere do those two slogans fit together better than a vast, volcanic landscape where you just might hit pay dirt.
Or just dirt. Approximately two diamonds per day are found here, so you're definitely playing the odds.
Any little, gleaming gem you find, however, you can keep.
That's right. This state park has a "finders, keepers" policy. You won't find any other place in the world like this.
Some visitors make quite the income from their visits.
Others are just there to enjoy the great outdoors, only to find the surprise of their life.
Some of the precious stones here are quite substantial, many weighing in at the 3-6 carat range.
The most common colors here are white, brown, and yellow. Yellow diamonds are the result of nitrogen being caught in the crystal structure of the diamond.
Hillary Clinton even wore a diamond from the park during her husband's presidential inauguration.