Greetings, I have made a number of copper/silver and shakudo/silver
billets using the diffusion kiln method. In ring construction I
have used mokume as an inlay.
I will be making a pair of commitment bands in 18k yellow gold with
a center inlay of mokume. My first inclination was to make an 18k
green/sterling silver billet for the inlay. The clients are looking
for more contrast so I suggested 22 or 24k/sterling silver combo.
The inlay in one ring will be slightly inset and flush in the other.
My questions are #1 Which combo is easier to work as a billet (my
research indicates the 22k/sterling combo is easier)? #2 Will wear
be a significant factor if I use the 22 or 24/sterling as an inlay?
#3 If I use 22k is there an alloy that works better than another.