Fla. man unearths 1.95 ct. diamond in Ark. park

Published On: Nov 29 2012 09:18:41 AM EST
MURFREESBORO, Ark. -

A Florida man found a 1.95-carat brown diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State park, the second-largest diamond found there this year.

Park officials said Wednesday that 40-year-old Doug Lay of Hernando, Fla., found a coffee-colored gem about the size of a pea. Lay has unearthed 30 other diamonds over the last four years but Tuesday's find was his largest.

About 500 diamonds have been found this year at the park in southwestern Arkansas. A 1.99-carat yellow diamond was found in March by a Texas ninth-grader.

In 1975, a visitor discovered a 15.33-carat white diamond.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park, and more than 75,000 have been unearthed.

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