I’m helping create a murder mystery for a group on AOL. The
murder victim will be dumped in a large walk-in pottery kiln (up
to 2300 deg F) for 24 hours and then cooled for 24 hrs. For the
purposes of the story, this will turn her body to ash. One clue
will be the remains of her jewelry found in the kiln.
Here’s my question…
What gems could take this treatment and survive but look
different? Basically, I’m looking for something that will change
color. However, ANY clever ideas you have about what would happen
to jewelry under these conditions would be welcome clues.
We can play a bit fast and loose with reality (temps, time,
etc). The main thing is for them to figure out that what is found
was once the victim’s jewelry.
I know (well, hope) that none of you are evil kiln-killers, but
I have a feeling you’ll have some bizarre ideas for me.