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MURFREESBORO -- So far, 2019 has been a productive year for finding diamonds at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.

By the end of April, the park staff had registered 177 diamonds, compared to 139 diamonds during the same four months last year. Visitors from Arkansas found 36 diamonds, while travelers from 25 other states and three foreign countries registered 141 diamonds, the park said in a news release.

By far, most of this year's diamonds, 127, have been registered as white, while 30 have been classified as yellow and 20 as brown. The average weight of diamonds registered so far in 2019 is around 15 points, or about one-sixth of a carat. Four diamonds have weighed over a carat each, the largest a 1.63-carat yellow gem registered by a visitor from Louisiana on April 6.

This year has also been one of the wettest in recent memory, with nearly 33 inches of rain falling on the park from January through April. The rain has washed a lot of dirt through the search area, and as a result, 11 visitors have found diamonds on top of the ground, including two weighing over one carat. If increased rain amounts continue through the rest of spring, the park will likely see many more diamonds found on top of the ground as visitation increases this summer, the release said.

Visit http://www.CraterofDiamondsStatePark.com to keep up with the park's latest diamond finds, see what uncut diamonds look like, and learn about the best ways to search for diamonds.

Diamond finds for the weeks of April 21 and 28 include the following; 100 points equals 1 carat:

• April 21 -- Rebecca Norris and Troy McDuffie, Reserve, La., 1-point white; Ben Reynolds, Minot, N.D., 24-point white.

• April 22 -- Lynn Borcherding, Belmont, Wisc., 39-point white.

• April 23 -- Thomas Stussi, Tuefen, Switzerland, 47-point white.

• April 25 -- Melissa and Chad Beauchamp, Milan, Mich., 25-point white; Bob Kemper, Huntsville, Ala., 8-point brown, 33-point white.

• April 26 -- Jason Ivins, Saint Jo, Texas, 2-point white.

• April 29 -- Ben Reynolds, Minot, N.D., 21-point yellow; Lavada Teinert, Santa Fe, Texas, 36-point white.

• May 4 -- Troy Savage, Antlers, Okla., 12-point white; Jack Fagan, Houston, 3-point yellow.

Entertainment on 05/13/2019

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