Teenager, 14, finds 7.44 carat diamond in an Arkansas state park - the seventh largest ever found in the area

18-03-2017

(WorldKings) A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwest Arkansas.

Teenager, Kalel Langford (pictured) was visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas when he found the 7.44 carat diamond by a rock on Saturday 

Kalel Langford was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro when he found the rock by a stream on Saturday.

The 14-year-old was in town with his parents for a baseball tournament when he found the diamond, which has been registered as the seventh largest found in the park since it was established in 1972.

An 8.52-carat diamond that was found in the same park in 2015 was estimated to be sold for 2 million last month, but the park hasn't given an estimate for Kalel's diamond, which is only one carat smaller.   

Kalel was walking near the East Drain, in the southern portion of the park's diamond search area, when he spotted the shiny, dark brown gem. 

He said the diamond was 'just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size', according to the park's statement. 

Kalel's father, Craig Langford said the family had only been in the park for 'about 30 minutes when he found it'. 

The 14-Kalel was walking near the East Drain, in the southern portion of the park's diamond search area, when he spotted the shiny, dark brown gem (pictured)

The family stopped by the Diamond Discovery Center to have their finds identified before leaving the park, and Kalel was shocked to learn he had found one of the biggest diamonds in the park's history.

He has named it 'Superman's Diamond' and plans to hang onto it. Park interpreter Waymon Cox describes the diamond as pinto-bean sized and similar in color to coffee.

'This diamond is a truly extraordinary find,' Cox said. Cox said conditions were ideal for Kalel to find his diamond. 

The park hasn't provided an estimate of the diamond's (pictured) value. But to put it in perspective, the 40.23 carat Uncle Sam diamond was cut twice, the second being a 12.42-carat gem that sold for $150,000 in 1971, which would equate to more than about $880,000 today

'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,' Cox noted.

The largest diamond ever discovered in the US was the Uncle Sam diamond that was unearthed on the land in 1924.

The 40.23 carat Uncle Sam diamond was cut twice, the second being a 12.42-carat gem that sold for $150,000 in 1971, which would equate to about $880,000 today. 

The diamond is the largest registered at the Arkansas State Park since June 24, 2015, when Colorado resident Bobbie Oskarson found an 8.52-carat white diamond that she named the Esperanza. 

The park said 97 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park so far in 2017, weighing a total of 26.84 carats.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds since the first diamonds were found here in 1906.

 

 

According to dailymail.co.uk
 

 


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