12-year-old NC boy finds 5.16 carat diamond in Arkansas


Michael Detlaff holding his 5.16 carat diamond (Image courtesy Arkansas State Parks)

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MURFREESBORO, Ark. — A 12-year-old North Carolina boy vacationing with his family unearthed a 5.16 carat diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Michael Dettlaff of Apex, N.C., found the honey brown diamond on July 31 after searching for less than 10 minutes.

The child was traveling with his family to Fayetteville, Ark. for summer vacation when they decided to drive 100 miles out of the way to visit the park.

Michael’s dad was still renting mining equipment to begin his own diamond search when Michael showed the gem to him.

According to the Park’s website,”the policy here is ‘finders, keepers,’ meaning the diamonds you find are yours to keep.”

Park officials said the diamond is about the size of a jelly bean and is the 328th diamond found this year.

It is reportedly the 27th largest diamond found by a park visitor since the site became a state park in 1972. It is the eighth-largest brown diamond that has been certified by park staff.

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