MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Texas man has unearthed a 2.13-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Clay Jarvis of San Antonio was in nearby Texarkana on business when he decided to visit the park in Murfreesboro, which is the only diamond-producing site in the United States that is open to the public.
Jarvis found the champagne brown diamond Saturday after searching for about 90 minutes.
"It happens! And, keep looking, because it's fun," Jarvis said.
Park interpreter Margi Jenks says the diamond is somewhat square in shape and about the size of a pencil eraser. She says it's the 368th diamond found at the park this year — and the fifth diamond this year weighing more than 2 carats.
The potential worth of the diamond was not immediately known because the park does not estimate value.
Jarvis said he named the stone the Nona "J'' Diamond for his wife.
"Our first grandchild was born last year. My wife, April, is studying Italian, and 'Nona' is the word for grandmother in Italian," Jarvis said.
Jenks said 14 diamonds weighing more than one carat have been found at the park this year.
"Due to good rains this year, many of the large diamonds were found right on the surface. Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, so a good downpour will wash the dirt away, leaving the diamond exposed," according to Jenks.
More than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the site since the first diamonds were found in 1906 by John Huddleston, a farmer who owned the land at the time.
The site became an Arkansas state park in 1972.