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Boy Finds Diamond on Family Vacation to Crater of Diamonds Park

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Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 03:01 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A 12-year-old boy found a 5.16 carat diamond while on vacation with his family in Arkansas. Michael Dettlaff of North Carolina was searching with his family at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park when he found the stone, which he named God’s Glory Diamond.

“It is thrilling any time a child finds a diamond here at Crater of Diamonds State Park,” Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said in a statement reported by Fox News. “Michael was excited to have found his own diamond, as just about any boy would be, but he was absolutely awestruck when he realized its significance.”

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Crater of Diamonds is the only place in the world where the public can go in and search for diamonds, and then keep those finds, according to the park’s website.

The New York Daily News said the diamond is the size of a jelly bean and could be worth $15,000. 

The family didn’t understand initially exactly what they had found as diamonds in the rough don’t always look like they do on a ring.

“When I brought this rock out of the bag the guy who’s there, he just went bug-eyed and he said, ‘Hang on a second I need to take this to the back room,’” Dettlaff was quoted in the Daily News. “So then people start coming from everywhere and they’re like, ‘Oh yeah. It’s a big diamond.’”

The Arkansas park, located near Murfeesboro, is well-known for some of its diamond discoveries. The park’s website said diamonds were first discovered on then-privately owned land in the early 1900s. Since then, the site has yielded numerous big diamonds, many of which the website identifies in a chart that starts in 1972.

Fox News said the biggest diamond ever found in the United States was found at Crater of Diamonds in 1924 – a whopping 40.23 carats.

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