Arkansas The Natural State is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, stands out as a unique geological "gem" for you to explore and enjoy.
Here you can experience a one-of-a-kind adventure hunting for real diamonds. You'll search over a 37 1/2-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today.
Besides being known for its diamonds, Arkansas is world famous for its quartz crystals which sell for as much as $1 million or more. If interested, is collecting or viewing the worlds finest quartz crystal visit the Quartz, Quiltz and Craftz Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Mount Ida. The fair begins on Friday, October 14th and ends on Sunday.
Arkansas' quartz veins run mostly along the Ouachita Mountains, Southwest of Little Rock. Most of today's mining is focused on the Mount Ida area in Montgomery County and the Jessieville area in Garland County. To many, Mount Ida is synonymous with quartz crystal, which is why it is referred to as the crystal capital of the world.