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Availability of small faceted black stones


#1

Hi all. A question regarding stone choices. I need to locate - Black
[rich color like onyx] semi precious setable [bead/claw] faceted
1.5-1.6mm dia stones. Black diamond is too expensive as items are in
silver and require 50++ stones. Crystal might be an option but will
they withstand setting pressure -i expect not. Onyx not faceted at
such small size? Smokey quartz not solid enough color. Black Spinel?
available in this size? Regards to all -from the south pacific. cjh


#2

The newest Stuller gemstone book (mine was delivered today) lists
faceted black spinel in rounds, incrementally sized 1.0, 1.25, 1.50,
1.75 etc.

Black spinel is opaque, takes a great polish and should work fine
for your project as I understand it. The price per stone seems
nominal to me.

Rick Martin
www.artcutgems.com