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Lost 'ForeverAfter' diamond has happily-ever-after ending

A diamond's special cut allowed a good Samaritan and a Weatherford gemologist to collaborate and locate the jewel's rightful owner. Oklahoma City jeweler Mark Mitchener holds a patent on the specialty diamond, marketed as “ForeverAfter,” each of which is inscribed with a unique number.
by Paula Burkes Published: April 17, 2013

If Marilyn Henderson of Edmond was heartsick when she lost a $2,000, half-carat diamond just weeks after her husband had given it to her for Christmas, she was dumbfounded when she recently learned the diamond — found loose in a crack of a parking lot — was being returned to her.

“It's a perfect example of a good Samaritan story,” Oklahoma City jeweler Mark Mitchener said.

If not for a savvy gemologist and principled finder, this “ForeverAfter” diamond likely never would have found its way home, Mitchener said. Its journey, he said, carried it from Edmond to Oklahoma City to Piedmont to Weatherford and back.

Henderson lost the diamond — which was mounted in a simple pendant setting for a silver necklace — on Feb. 13. She met friends for lunch at Cafe 7 on north May. When she took off her coat, she said, her silver chain was broken and the diamond, gone.

“I was frantic,” said Henderson, a retired director of a church children's program who will celebrate her 42nd wedding anniversary this August. “My friends and I looked all over the restaurant floor, and then I decided to go back and retrace my steps in the parking lot of Target, where I'd just been.”

After an unsuccessful search, Henderson returned to Cafe 7, where she watched her friends eat. She had lost her appetite.

Two days later, Shannon Skaley of Piedmont found the diamond outside the same re

staurant, where she and a group of friends who work with her at an energy company in Oklahoma City lunched.

“I got in the backseat of the car, looked down and saw it wedged in a crack in the asphalt, near the car's rear tire,” she said.

One of her co-workers urged her to check the authenticity of the stone after it cut the palm of her hand, she said. But Skaley wasn't in any hurry, she said. Three years ago, she similarly found a stone in another parking lot that turned out to be cubic zirconia, she said.

Weeks later, when Skaley was attending an event in Weatherford, she took the diamond to Kelley Jewelers, upon a friend's recommendation of the store.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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