Robert M. Katzman’s Amazing Story: http://www.differentslants.com/?p=355
Part 5 (scroll down for parts 1-4)
Then very carefully guiding my hand, he tilted it so that all the valuable little critters fell neatly back into their glassine home, where all the inhabitants were equal. He folded the top of the envelope over, returned the envelope to its appropriate slot on the black tray, surrounded by dozens of other such envelopes, and returned the tray to the yawning black safe behind him. Buddy then placed his hand flat against the safe’s thick steel door and pushed it until I heard a distinct ‘click’ sound as it locked itself.
Buddy then showed me a nice-looking platinum ring with all its little prongs standing straight up, as if reaching for a stone to grasp. They looked like tiny baby birds to me, stretching their necks, waiting to be fed. I said it would be fine, in my vast experience as a connoisseur of jewelry. Buddy nodded, and told me to wait there in his office and he would assemble the ring on the spot.
He placed the diamond I’d selected into the ring, right there in front of me, as I stood next to him at his workbench. He carefully, skillfully, pressed down all of the prongs, as he slowly turned the ring to attend to each one in turn, to firmly hold the diamond in place. Then he washed the assembled ring in some solution to make it sparkle. He dried the ring, placed it inside of a little black velvet jeweler’s box and handed it to me. That…was it.
He also handed me a certificate of authenticity stating the exact number of carats, or fraction thereof, the diamond’s color and other information my insurance company would need. Buddy then signed and dated it as I watched him.
Then, I paid him.
In cash, of course.
My Dad’s relationship with Buddy and his presence in Buddy’s office with me that day assured me that everything was kosher, as we say, even about a Lutheran. But Buddy the Hun was no ordinary Lutheran.
My Dad’s world was neatly divided into either “us” or “them”—Friend or Foe. It was a crucial difference and all that mattered. To him, and now to me, too, Buddy was “us”.
And also, my Dad told me that I received much more diamond than I could ever have afforded to pay for otherwise, at that time.
Where did all those diamonds come from?