12-year-old Apex boy unearths 5-carat diamond

Posted August 10, 2013
Updated August 13, 2013

— A 12-year-old Apex boy on vacation with his family has unearthed a 5.16-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Park officials said Saturday that Michael Dettlaff, found the honey brown diamond on July 31 after searching for less than 10 minutes. He named it God's Glory Diamond.

"We're just looking around a little bit, on the ground, surface hunting. That's when I found the diamond on the ground. It looked different than anything else...I really didn't think it was a diamond," said Dettlaff.

Park officials say the diamond is about the size of a jellybean and is the 328th diamond found this year.

"I just thank God once again he could bless me with a great find," the 12-year-old said. 

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said, “It is thrilling any time a child finds a diamond here at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Michael was excited to have found his own diamond, as just about any boy would be, but he was absolutely awestruck when he realized its significance.” Cox noted, “The gem is the 27th largest diamond found a park visitor since Arkansas’s diamond site became a state park in 1972. It is the eighth-largest brown diamond that has been certified by park staff.”

Apex boy finds 5-carat diamond in Arkansas park Apex boy finds 5-carat diamond in Arkansas park

Michael found the gem on the north end of the diamond search area near a sign that marks where the 15.33-carat Star of Arkansas, a white diamond that is the third largest diamond to ever come from the site, was found in 1956 when it was a privately-operated tourist attraction.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been found at the site since the first discovery in 1906 by John Huddleston, the farmer who owned the land at the time.

The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed at the site in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats.


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  • ladilucchio Aug 19, 2013

    There is a real question if the rock has any gem value. It would have to be shaped , faceted and polished first. Keeping it "as is" for the curiosity value might be preferred.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 12, 2013

    "Better put it in a 529 plan for college."

    Why waste the money. Assuming it has a decent value, invest with the intent of only having to work if you feel like it.

  • aightCPA Aug 12, 2013

    Better put it in a 529 plan for college.

  • 678devilish Aug 12, 2013

    Lucky little boy. Just wondering what will he do with it?

  • crml Aug 12, 2013

    horsyset, this boy was clearly brought up to love and respect God and appreciate the gifts He provides. Is it possible that there is a set of people "over-indoctrinated" with anti-God atheist views? Those views seem pretty extreme to me.

  • corgimom06 Aug 12, 2013

    Good for the kid-I'm sure he is excited and it's a good find. Atheistswillrule is correct however-traditionally brown diamonds have been used industrially and are the most common diamonds found in the world and are the lowest priced. It's only through marketing and calling them 'chocolate diamonds' that people think they are rare. But then, if it weren't for the marketing of DeBeers the diamond industry would not be what it is. Over inflated. BUT none of that takes anything away from this kid and he should be happy. And save that diamond for when he wants to get married and his fiance will have a fun story to tell about the engagement ring.

  • horsyset Aug 12, 2013

    Happy the kid found the diamond, I'm sure it was exciting for him. I just wonder about a twelve year old boy who is so over-indoctrinated that he felt compelled to name it "God's Glory" and his quoted comment was about thanking God for blessing him with the find. That seems pretty extreme to me.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 12, 2013

    Also, brown diamonds are now known as chocolate diamonds, and if their grade is good enough, they are prized.

  • crml Aug 12, 2013

    "I'm sorry, but brown diamonds have traditionally only been worthy of industrial use." -- atheistswillrule

    Atheist might be upset because the kid named it "God's Glory". Whatever its value, I'll bet he'll consider it a gift from God.

  • Tired_2016 Aug 12, 2013

    atheistswillrule... my engagement ring contains a beautiful round fancy brown diamond. I receive more compliments on it than my friends who wear traditional diamond rings. I can assure you it is far from dingy.