Dear Jo and all:
First off, I am thrilled to get your input. I am hoping there is
some kind of an opticon or new technology route I can try.
Unfortunately, the crack in the stone is new and not a flaw. I
noticed that the top of the stone wasn't flashing as much as it
normally does and examined it with a 20x loupe, discovering the
Also, I'm tough as heck on diamonds -- I wear this ring all the
time: when I'm working o my car; hanging cabinets; cutting rocks.
I've never taken it off for fear of losing it.
Diamonds do break, which I think has been discussed in this forum
before. Just to test this theory a while back, I smashed a tiny one
easily with a hammer.
I bought the diamond from Master Goldsmiths in Boulder, which is now
closed. The stone is of sentimental value because I have been to the
Kelsey Lake mine and have tracked these stones for over 5 years. The
mine is now closed. I may contact the jewelry store owner for ideas
about having the stone recut in Montana, where it was originally
faceted. We paid some $5000 for the ring and the stone would be
somewhat tough to replace -- I believe it is a color-change stone
under different types of lights and is purple one of the low UV
Another possible solution may be to set the diamond in a platinum
bezel, just to hold the thing together. It is currently set in a
plain gold band with a V-slot, the edges of the top of the V of
which were burnished the 9 o'Clock and 3 o'clock portions of the
girdle, leaving two other edges exposed.
Take care and thanks,