I had this idea to get a stone pendant (amethyst) carved into a name
stamp/seal and went to a standard stamp carver, first asking “can
you carve any stone?” Well, they tell me that tools couldn’t even
scratch the surface. I’m not sure what stones are normally used for
stamps but I wouldn’t have thought it was that much softer because
jade used to be a standard stone (??) for name stamps and the
hardnesses are 6.5 for jade vs 7 for quartz.
But, even if the current name stamp stones are much softer, there
are people out there who carve quartz. Plus there might be other
means such as chemical etching or sandblasting with a mask, right?
Any recommendations of processes or people who can do the job out
here in Vancouver-(ish), BC, Canada?