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Teen Finds Diamond In Arkansas State Park

| by David Bonner

A teenager unearthed a 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas on March 11.

Kalel Langford, 14, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro when he discovered the precious gem near a stream, reports the Daily Mail. The stone has now been registered as the seventh largest found in the park since it was established in 1972.

“Crater of Diamonds offers park visitors a one-of-a-kind experience -- the adventure of hunting for real diamonds,” boasts the park’s official website. “You’ll search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world's eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If you find a diamond, it is yours to keep."

As for the diamond Kalel found, he explained: "It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size," says a press release that accompanied the news of his discovery.

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Kalel's father, Craig Langford, was also quoted: “We had only been at the park for about 30 minutes when he found it. Its color was so dark that we weren’t sure if it was a diamond, but we knew we needed to have it looked at.”

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox added further explanation regarding Kalel's big find:

Conditions were ideal for Kalel to find his diamond. About an inch of rain fell on the plowed search area during the week. A heavy rain can uncover larger diamonds near the surface. Diamonds have a metallic-looking shine and are often easier to spot on top of the ground. Kalel’s diamond is about the size of a pinto bean, and it’s very dark brown, similar to coffee. Overall, the gem has a frosted appearance and is shaped somewhat like a pillow or a kite.

The most significant diamond ever found at the park is described on the official website: "On permanent display in the visitor center at Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park, the site where this splendid stone was discovered, the Strawn-Wagner Diamond is the most perfect diamond the American Gem Society (AGS) ever certified in its laboratory. Found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in 1990 by Shirley Strawn of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, this diamond weighed 3.03 carats in the rough."

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More than 30 diamonds were discovered at the park in 2015, notes the Daily Mail. Since diamonds were first discovered at the park’s location in 1906, more than 75,000 diamonds have been found.

Source: Daily Mail (2), Crater of Diamonds State Park (2) / Photo credit: Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park via Daily Mail

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