For anyone, finding rare items in nature can be exhilarating. So, imagine finding a 7 carat diamond at a state park when you're still just a teenager.
That's exactly what happened to 14-year-old Kalel Langford when he visited Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. On March 11th, Kalel and his father Craig Langford paid the $10 entrance fee to visit the park and participated in one it's main attractions, searching for diamonds. About 30 minutes into their search in the southern portion of the park, Kalel spotted the shiny, dark brown gem. “It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size,” explained Kalel to park officials. According to park records, the teenager found one of the biggest diamonds discovered at the state park.
It's been dubbed the "Superman Diamond," due to Kalel's affinity with the superhero. Although his father Craig mentioned that there was no connection when the boy was named. “When we chose to name him Kalel, we didn’t realize that [Kal-El] was also Superman’s birthname,” he said. The teen plans on keeping his diamond as a souvenir.
The diamond itself is 7.44 carats, about the size of a pinto bean and is coffee colored. It's the eighth largest diamond found at the site, and the second largest ever of that color. Park Interpreter Waymon Cox noted, “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.”
Crater of Diamonds State Park is also the home of the largest diamond to have ever been found in the United States. That stone, named "Uncle Sam," is a 40.23 and was unearthed back in 1924. As of March 16th 2017, 97 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park so far this year, weighing a total of 26.84 carats.
Maybe it's time to start planning vacations to Arkansas to go hunting for diamonds.