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12-year-old unearths diamond at Crater of Diamonds

by The Associated Press | August 10, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.

MURFREESBORO — A 12-year-old North Carolina 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 July 31 after searching for less than 10 minutes. He named it God's Glory Diamond.

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

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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