A huge, 7.44 carat diamond was found last Saturday by a 14-year-old Arkansas boy, Kalel Langford, at the Crater of Diamonds state park in Murfreesboro. The find prompted the DC Comics-loving teen to name the gem the “Superman Diamond.” Another reason is that the teen’s first name is very similar to Superman’s first name on Krypton, his home planet, Kal-El. Many visitors to the state park have an expectation to find a gigantic diamond, like Langford did, but only a few do, though smaller-sized diamonds are found there by visitors on a relatively regular basis.
CNN reported that visiting the Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas was a life-long dream for Langford. He finally got the chance to go there while his family was in the area for a baseball tournament. Langford found the large brown diamond after just having been at the Crater of Diamonds state park for 30 minutes, the equivalent in baseball of hitting a grand slam home run.
The 7.44 carat brown diamond the teen found is the seventh largest diamond ever found since 1972 at the state park. The diamond is “about the size of a pinto bean.” It is also the largest brown diamond found there in 40 years, according to CNN.
CNN reported that Kalel discovered the gemstone while “walking along a riverbank in the Crater of Diamonds.” He saw on the ground “a glimmering brown stone.”
According to CNN, Kalel called his dad, Craig Langford, over to also look at the “coffee-colored and frosty” stone. They both knew the rock was special, and the teen’s dad, Craig Langford, said “they both ‘knew we needed to have it looked at.'”
TIME reported that the teen told the state parks department he found the brown diamond “just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size.” When the Langfords were about to leave the Crater of Diamonds state park, they stopped by the park’s Diamond Discovery Center to have it identified.
The Langfords, like all visitors to the Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas who would like to try their luck searching for diamonds, paid $10 each. Since 1906, when the first diamonds were discovered at the state park, there have been over 75,000 diamonds unearthed by visitors to the popular tourist destination.
The Crater of Diamonds state park has a “finders keepers” policy, meaning if a visitor has paid his or her $10 to search for diamonds there and finds one or more, the visitor gets to keep it. Kalel said he was going to take the large diamond he found home with him “as a souvenir.” The parks department said Kalel was shocked to discover that he had been fortunate enough to find one of the largest diamonds in all of the park’s history.
A 7.44 carat brown diamond a teen boy found last Saturday in the Crater of Diamonds state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, which he named the Superman Diamond, is the seventh-largest diamond ever discovered at the park. Some people are not nearly as lucky, spending days searching and never finding a single diamond, but in Kalel’s case, he managed to find the huge diamond in just 30 minutes.
By John Samuels
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