Arkansas State Parks announced that Scott Kreykes of Dierks found the 35,000th diamond at the Crater of Diamonds on Sept. 6.
Kreykes has been visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park for the past four years, and in that time, has registered over 80 diamonds, according to the news release. Kreykes’ recent find was his 50th diamond, and the park’s 35,000th since the state park opened in 1972.
“Each visitor that comes to the park is allowed to take one five-gallon bucket of sifted gravel home with them per day,” Tayler Markham, the park interpreter, said. “Some visitors like to resift their gravel at home or wait for it to dry to look for the metallic shine of a diamond.”
Kreykes spent a day at the park sifting dirt from the East Drain of the diamond search area, and like many others, he chose to take his sifted gravel home to look through later. During his time searching through his gravel at home, Kreykes spotted the pearl-shaped diamond.
According to the news release, Kreykes carried the gem to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, and the staff registered it as a four point white diamond, which Kreykes chose to name Leo. “Diamonds are weighed in points and carats. One hundred points is equal to one carat, like pennies to a dollar,” Markham said. “Most diamonds found at the park weigh between 20 and 25 points.”
Kreykes, as the finder of this milestone, received a free two-night stay at an Arkansas State Park, recognition from Murfreesboro officials and a special display for his diamond and registration card – which is donated by Sam Johnson and Caddo Trading Co.
As of Sept. 6, there have been 510 diamonds registered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in 2022, and an average of one to two diamonds are discovered by visitors every day.
For more information about Crater of Diamonds State Park, visit its website.