JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When a 14-year-old baseball player traveled to south Arkansas to play on a diamond, little did he know he would leave with one.
Saturday afternoon, during his trip to Murfreesboro, Kalel Langford of Centerton, AR visited Crater of Diamonds State Park where he found a 7.44 carat diamond.
Langford and his parents had been at the park just 30 minutes when he spotted the shiny, dark brown gem, according to a news release from the park.
"It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size," he said.
Kalel picked up the gem and called to his dad, Craig Langford, who was searching nearby.
"Its color was so dark that we weren't sure if it was a diamond," the elder Langford said of the gem that was about the size of a pinto bean. "But, we knew we needed to have it looked at."
The family went to the Diamond Discovery Center before leaving the park where it was confirmed: Kalel had found the 7th largest diamond registered at the park since 1972.
"Conditions were ideal for Kalel to find his diamond," said Waymon Cox, park interpreter. "About an inch of rain fell on the plowed search area during the week. A heavy rain can uncover larger diamonds near the surface."
Cox called it a "truly extraordinary find."
Kalel named his gem Superman's Diamond, for his unique connection to the DC Comics superhero. Craig Langford noted, "When we chose to name him Kalel, we didn't realize that [Kal-El] was also Superman's birthname."
When asked about his plans for Superman's Diamond, Kalel says he plans to keep it as a souvenir.
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