This 14-year-old teenager always dreamed of exploring Crater of Diamonds State Park. A few months ago, he not only got to fulfill his wish, but amazingly, he also discovered one of the largest diamonds in the park’s history.
While Kalel Langford was visiting Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park with his family, he spotted a shiny, dark brown stone among other small rocks near the East Drain, in the southern part of the park’s diamond search area. He said in the park’s statement that the shiny stone 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 stone and called his father, who was searching nearby, to take a look at what he had found. His father, Craig Langford, was surprised, because they had just been there for a short time.
“We had only been at the park for about 30 minutes when he found it,” his dad said. “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.”
So they went to the Diamond Discovery Center to have the dark brown stone examined. It turned out that Kalel had found a 7.44-carat diamond—the seventh largest found in the park since it was established in 1972.
Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said, “This diamond is a truly extraordinary find. It was Kalel’s dream to visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and now he will always be part of this park’s remarkable history. We are all very happy for him.”
Cox explained: “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.”
“Conditions were ideal for Kalel to find his diamond,” Cox added. “About an inch of rain fell on the plowed search area during the week. A heavy rain can uncover larger diamonds near the surface. Diamonds have a metallic-looking shine and are often easier to spot on top of the ground.”
Kalel named his gem “Superman’s Diamond” because of his unique connection to the superhero. His dad said that they were not aware of the connection between his son’s name and Superman’s when his name was given. “When we chose to name him Kalel, we didn’t realize that [Kal-El] was also Superman’s birthname.”
The park stated that 97 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park so far in 2017, for a total weight of 26.84 karats. Meanwhile, more than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the park since the first diamonds were found there in 1906.