Boy Finds Diamond In Arkansas Park: How Much Is Michael Dettlaff's 5-Carat Diamond Worth?
A 12-year-old boy found a 5-carat diamond while sifting through the rocks at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark.
On July 31, Michael Dettlaff of Apex, N.C., was traveling with his family to Fayetteville, Ark., when they decided to drive 100 miles out of the way to visit Crater of Diamonds. The state park is the world's only diamond-bearing site which is open to the public, and visitors who find diamonds are permitted to keep them. It was the Dettlaff family's first trip to the park, and after Michael's discovery, it may not be the last.
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After only about 10 minutes of digging through the 37.5-acre searchable section of the state park, Michael found the diamond, a 5.16-carat, honey brown gem. Michael found the diamond near a sign that marks the discovery of the 15.33-carat Star of Arkansas diamond, a white gem which is the third-largest diamond ever found at the site.
"It is thrilling any time a child finds a diamond here at Crater of Diamonds State Park," said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox in a press release. "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."
Cox said that the diamond is the 27th largest diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park since the site became a state park in 1972. Cox also said that Michael's diamond is the eighth-largest brown diamond that the staff at Crater of Diamonds has verified.
Michael named his diamond the "God's Glory Diamond."
"If it can get cut and it's valuable, I think I'd probably want to have it cut and sell it," Michael said. "If it's not, well, then it's a souvenir."
Michael may indeed want to sell it, as the diamond could be appraised as high as $15,000.
Since 1906, over 75,000 diamonds have been at the site of the Crater of Diamonds State Park. The most recent notable discovery occurred on July 4, when a man named Terry Staggs found a 2.95 carat diamond which Staggs dubbed the Patriot Diamond.
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