If you’re looking to go on a treasure hunt for diamonds, the first thing you must do is go to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The park is a diamond deposit site where you can not only look and dig for diamonds, but you can keep the diamonds you find. Although glasses will help your vision when searching for the diamonds, you can do other things to make it a successful trip.

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Put your glasses on and start digging. Glasses worn for distance may help you spot a diamond a few yards away, giving you an advantage to finding the treasure. A magnifying glass is unnecessary because the diamonds will be able to be seen by the naked eye. Use a small shovel to dig through 6 inches of soil. Dig out the soil and slowly lower the shovel so that the soil falls back down to the ground. Look closely through the falling soil for reflections or stones that catch your eye. You can also use a sift screen to find diamonds. Dig up some soil and place it into the sift screen. Lift the screen up from the ground–the dirt and small gravel will fall through the screen but any diamonds will remain inside the sifter.

Keep your glasses on tight, get low to the ground and start looking. After rainfall, the soil can be washed away, leaving diamonds on the surface of the grounds. Stay low and walk along the rows of soil with your eyes peeled. You may see a little glitter in the sunlight that might be your new diamond.

Spot the raw diamonds as professionals do. Gather large amounts of soil and wash it through several sifting screens. Separate the different gravels by hand and wash them. This will help you determine if the gravel might be a dirty diamond.

Take a good look at your findings, with your glasses on. When diamonds are found in the soil, they will not look like the diamond in a engagement ring. They will be smooth to the touch with an oily film covering. They also tend to be round in shape and can range in many different sizes (from the size of match head to a 40 carat white diamond that was found in 1924).