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Florida man finds 1.95-carat diamond at Arkansas park

By Rachel Hook

This article was published November 28, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.

Doug Lay, 40, of Hernando, Fla., shows off the 1.95-carat brown diamond he discovered Tuesday at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. It's t...

This 1.95-carat brown diamond, discovered by 40-year-old Doug Lay of Florida at Crater of Diamonds State Park Murfreesboro on Tuesday, is about the si...

Many of the diamonds found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro tend to have a metallic shine and pitted surface. Doug Lay, 40, of Hernand...

A Florida man vacationing with his father in Arkansas unearthed a brown diamond Tuesday at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Doug Lay, 40, of Hernando, Fla., made the discovery about 1 p.m. while he and his father were wet sifting in the East Drain, the park said.

The 1.95-carat coffee-colored gem — which has a metallic, pitted surface and is about the size of an English pea — is the second-largest diamond to be discovered at the park this year. The largest was a 1.99-carat yellow Stacy Diamond discovered in March by a ninth-grade student from Garland, Texas, the park said.

Lay told park officials he has not yet picked out a name for his diamond but plans to keep it as a memento of the times he has enjoyed outdoors with his father.

The park said nearly 500 diamonds have been found on its 37 1/2-acre site this year.

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