Tony, I am not a big stone/specimen collector myself but certainly
can appreciate the wonders that nature produces. It would be a
travesty to destroy such a capital piece. Unfortunately, if you
decline to cut the piece, the owner will probably just look around and
find someone who does not have your character.
I have a few questions. Has the owner looked elsewhere to find a
buyer for the specimen such as on the internet? What about checking
with various museums? Often museums have people in the wings who are
willing to purchase items for donation. Certainly, if he has had the
piece for 10 years a quick sale cannot be all that important. I would
encourage the owner to expand the search for a buyer of the piece as
it is and impress on them how important it is to keep it as is.
Where are you located? I am in South Florida and we have a wonderful
little museum here, the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural
History that would love to add such a specimen to their collection.
What we need is to find a sugar daddy/mommy. I will show them your
message and see if they know of a buyer.
Don at The Charles Belle Studio where simple elegance IS fine