Diamond Gear in Crafting Station

I recently lost my full set of Diamond Protection gear. It appears you can no longer make Diamond armor in the crafting stations. The stuff you can craft is, pardon my french, "Crap" compared to a full set of diamond protect gear. I used to be able to handle the nether fine and now I get my , pardon my french, "Butt" handed to me. Can you make it so you have a choice to make Diamond Armor or Crafted Armor? Diamond Armor is "Basic and Essential Minecraft" and I would like to be able to continue to make my old fashioned Minecraft Diamond Armor. Please Please think about it and thank you from a long term, loyal, money spending Client.