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Boy Finds Diamond While On Vacation

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Michael Dettlaff, a 12 year old boy from North Carolina, struck it rich when he discovered a 5.16 carat diamond or specifically honey brown gem, while vacationing with his family at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro AK.

“We were probably there about 10 minutes and I was looking around on the ground and found it on top,” the boy told ABC. “It was very glassy. Very smooth.” Michael named his new diamond “God’s Glory Diamond” and plans to either keep it as a souvineer or sell it depending on the diamond’s appraisal.

His discovery has been recorded as the 27th largest diamond at the state park and could be valued at over $15,000.

Michael wasn’t the first to discover a diamond at the state park, according to the park’s website the largest diamond found was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight which was found in 1975. The State Park is the only one in the world that is not only open to the public, but allows the discoverers to keep their diamonds.

Boy Finds Diamond While On Vacation


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  • Louise

    I think that the person who wrote this article needs to freshen up on the state abbreviations because he has AK which is Alaska and it should have been AR for Arkansas. Just sayin’……….

  • Chelle

    Thanks Louise for the correction, that’ll come in handy when I put it into my GPS. I know where I’m going on my next vacation! ;)

  • http://www.subjectmattersmedia.com Demetrios

    Nothing like finding a clear smooth rock people covet–then publicizing nationally the discovery along with lenient finders-keepers regulation at the State Park where all this happened–to lead more people than Moses to the promised land of Arkansas’ Crater Of Diamonds State Park to get their solitaire. I can see now the habitat loss, overuse, trash and pollution increases, senseless human injury and High Tensions as people in this down economy arrive in days to come for some relief, and maybe a Mercedes, too. These diamond seekers, obviously, will be staring at the ground and clawing like wild boar. They will likely miss the real diamond our State Parks are: all we have left of a wild, breath-taking America that once was That America is fast becoming a faded memory, and don’t trade for near as much as a fancy diamond at the pawn shop. Since Black Elk, we have not learned a thing.

  • http://www.cutratediamonds.com Steve Moskowitz

    Hell All,

    I think Michael Dettlaff is a lucky charm who found this classy diamond as I can see it in photo. It looks smooth and its color is also unique one. I also know there were 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight found in 1975 but this is also something special.

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