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North Carolina family strikes it lucky on trip

The decision by a North Carolina family traveling to Fayetteville that a visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park was worth adding 100 miles to their route proved a good one.

A press release from Arkansas State Parks said that within about 10 minutes of beginning a search of the diamond-bearing area on July 31, 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff found a 5.16-carat, honey-brown diamond.

Following the custom of naming found diamonds Michael dubbed his find as God’s Glory Diamond.

According to information from the office of Arkansas State Parks, Dettlaff’s gem is the 27th largest diamond found since Crater of Diamonds became a state park in 1972; the eighth-largest brown diamond; and is the 328th found this year. On average, two diamonds are found each day.

In total, over 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the site since farmer John Huddleston found the first diamonds in 1906.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is at Murfreesboro. It is the only diamond-producing site open to the public; all finds are kept by the finders.

For more information, contact: Waymon Cox, park interpreter, or Margi Jenks, park interpreter, Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958. Phone: 870-285-3113. Email: waymon.cox@arkansas.gov or margaret.jenks@arkansas.gov, or visit craterofdiamondsstatepark.com.

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