Teen finds 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds Park

I've always wanted to dig for diamonds! Born and raised in Arkansas and still haven't made it there, but this kid just found the 7th largest diamond at the park since 1972! Kalel Langford, of Centerton, found the diamond on Saturday, March 11th at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Kalel said he was walking near a stream of water at the park when he saw a shiny, dark brown object. 

 “It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size.”

He picked up the gem and called to his dad Craig Langford. According to Craig, “We had only been at the park for about 30 minutes when he found it. Its color was so dark that we weren’t sure if it was a diamond, but we knew we needed to have it looked at.” The family stopped by the Diamond Discovery Center to have their finds identified before leaving the park, and Kalel was shocked to learn he had found one of the biggest diamonds in the park’s history.

Crazy! Way to go kid! What's that thing worth anyway?

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said, “Kalel’s diamond is about the size of a pinto bean, and it’s very dark brown, similar to coffee. Overall, the gem has a frosted appearance and is shaped somewhat like a pillow or a kite.”

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