Michaela, I don't know if your suggestion is farfetched.
Having read postings on Kunzite, (I have no experience with this
material); working it seems to be fraught with hazzards.
It's not particularly hard 6.5-7 HM, but after reviewing Sinkansas'
entry on Spodumene it might be tricky to handle. But I would think
someone like Wayne Emery and other cutters, might have specific
"Just out of curiousity, wouldn't an ultrasonic drill do the trick?
Maybe with some patience" is vague. I would hope that one states
whether they have direct experience. Perhaps something like "I've
used an ultrasonic to drill a hole in Kunzite".
Last year at Tucson I saw a man who used to be the owner of Contempo
Lapidary (sold out to Diamond Pacific). He was at Tucson Electric
Park, the same tent as Alpha and others. He nows sells modestly
priced ultrasonic drills. I was looking for a more efficient, read
quicker, way to drill holes in stone. As i remember he said for
smaller holes diamond drills were more appropriate. I'm sorry but I
don't recall the specifics.
For anyone interested it's likely he'll be there again.