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[Looking4] Small gemstone balls


#1

Hello everyone, I’m hoping someone can suggest a source for small
gemstone balls in the 4mm to 6mm range. Please note that I’m NOT
looking for beads, iow NO drilled holes, just solid little spheres.

I’d consider pretty much anything, precious or semi-precious,
natural or man-made material (but no simulants SVP). I’m looking to
purchase dozens or hundreds, price permitting.

Cheers,
Trevor F.
in The City of Light
Visit TouchMetal.com at http://www.touchmetal.com


#2

I recently purchased some stainless balls for a custom ring, from a
company called Salem Specialty Ball Co (www.salemball.com). They list
"ruby sapphire" and “clear sapphire” as two of their stock products.
I had a very small order (25 pcs), which they were happy to fill.
They also stock about 30 metal types.

Matthew Crawford
www.MatthewDesigns.com


#3

Hi Trevor,

If you haven’t already, you could consider synthetic Sapphire and
Ruby balls used in industry. There are many many companies selling
them. Here’s just one website to show you what I mean, I haven’t
bought from them: swissjewel.com

They stock 4mm and 6mm balls. They have the advantages of being
precision made, hard & tough and you can hit them with a torch I
would imagine, since they are corundum. I’m intrigued to know what
you want to do with them. I’ve often considered using them in
jewelry, will get around to it someday. Eva.

Eva Martin
http://www.evamartin.com


#4
source for small gemstone balls in the 4mm to 6mm range 

I would recommend Honk Kong Lapidaries, 954.755.8777 or
www.hklap.com


#5

Hi Trevor,

Small Parts has synthetic sapphire and ruby balls:
http://www.smallparts.com

Beth


#6
If you haven't already, you could consider synthetic Sapphire and
Ruby balls used in industry.... swissjewel.com 

Excellent reference Eva, thank you very much. I knew that sapphire
and ruby balls were two items I’d like to consider but it hadn’t
occured to me to approach it from the industrial supply angle. Very
intriguing possibilities come to mind browsing through their
selection.

I'm intrigued to know what you want to do with them. I've often
considered using them in jewelry.... 

A few years ago I discovered Abrasha’s wonderful work with ruby
balls and rods. Ever since then the idea to use in them in my own
designs has stuck with me. I’m trying to develop a series of
"kinetic" jewellry pieces and that’s what has me strolling down the
"where can I get these" path at this particular moment.

Thanks again.

Cheers,
Trevor F.


#7

Beth, Rebecca, Eva, Matthew, Judy, et al;

Excellent suggestions all around! This is one of those times when
one goes looking in hopes of a lead or two and discovers much, much
more than expected. Many thanks to you all.

Cheers,
Trevor F.
in The City of Light
Visit TouchMetal.com at http://www.touchmetal.com


#8

Here’s another source:
http://jewelryplus.net/products/gemstone_shapes_unset.html 10mm 15mm
spheres, bullets, etc

B r i a n A d a m a n d R u t h B a i r d
AUCKLAND New Zealand
www.adam.co.nz
www.ruthbaird.com


#9

Hi Trevor,

If you like kinetics and industrial designs, check out Friedrich
Becker’s work. Very aw-inspiring.

Reba


#10

Hi everyone:

I was just browsing and came across several types of undrilled
gemstone balls on the Joseph Stachura website
stachurawholesalegemstones.com

Good Luck with your project
Kim Starbard