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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

Enter graduate gemologist Laurin Townsend.

“Not only could I tell it was real, but I saw it was a specialty cut,” Townsend said. Most diamonds have 57 to 58 facets, she said, but this diamond has 81.

Upon further examination of the outer rim, or “girdle,” of the diamond, Townsend saw that it not only was numbered, but also bore the “ForeverAfter” brand that Townsend knew was sold exclusively in the state by Mitchener-Farrand Jewelers in Oklahoma City.

“I came out to the front and told Shannon that it was real, and that we could probably find the owner. Was she interested?” Townsend said.

“She said ‘Absolutely. That's awesome — let's find her,'” Townsend said.

Skaley said at that point the stone became precious to her, “like an heirloom. I wanted to find out who it belonged to,” she said. “I thought maybe she got it in a ring on Valentine's Day, and it had come out of its setting after knocking it on a car door.”

Mitchener said a search of his store's receipts showed the numbered diamond belonged to Henderson.

‘Heart of a star'

Mitchener designed the special diamond cut himself over two years, he said. A Philadelphia-based colleague produces and distributes the stones worldwide. Mitchener's store started selling them in 2006, and patented the design in 2010, he said.

The stone's full name is “ForeverAfter, the diamond with the heart of a star,” Mitchener said. It features an eight-point star on its face, and its 81 facets have the same body surface so each lets in the same amount of light, he said.

“Because the light is evenly distributed, it makes the diamond look bigger,” Mitchener said.

Henderson and Skaley have plans to meet at Mitchener-Farrand on Wednesday to exchange the diamond.

“My husband probably will make me wear it only in the house,” Henderson said.

Said Skaley, “I'm just excited they found her.”

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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