A 12-year-old boy finds a five-carat diamond shortly after walking through an Arkansas state park. It’s only the size of a jellybean, but a massive discovery at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
“We were probably there about 10 minutes and I was looking around on the ground and found it on top,” Michael Dettlaff told ABCNews.com. “It was very glassy. Very smooth.”
Michael made the discovery at the Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park, which is the only diamond-producing site in the world where anyone can search for diamonds, according to its website. And it’s “finders, keepers” at the park for those as fortunate and skilled as young Michael.
Among the 75,000 diamonds found at the Murfreesboro site over the years was a history-making 40-carat rock unearthed in 1924.
Michael’s find was much smaller, and the Apex, N.C., family didn’t even realize what it had.
“When I brought this rock out of the bag the guy who’s there, he just went bug-eyed and he said, ‘Hang on a second. I need to take this to the back room,’” Michael told ABC. “So then people start coming from everywhere and they’re like, ‘Oh yeah. It’s a big diamond.’”
The 5.16-carat “God’s Glory Diamond,” as renamed by Michael, could be worth as much as $15,000.
“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.”