Les, Jim, Jon F. , Cameron, Jon H. and any other fine Orchid folks I might have missed,
Thank you all for the thoughts, information, learning up some of my thinking, suggestions etc.!!! Cameron, I am sorry for your loss, it really is difficult loosing one’s partner. Cynthia and i had a terrific relationship and for us it was both working and loving.
I did and can do a mold for the ring, I have a couple of wax injectors (I have spent many hours injecting items for Cynthia and some for myself) and I have done casting for Cynthia and also for myself (mostly Cynthia however!!) and she usually sprued the waxes and I invested them and either one or both of us did the castings. I would often cut the casting off the setups for her but she did 99.9% of the cleanup, stone setting and 98% of the polishing. So I have some experience (very limited but enough to know what is really involves in all the steps) in what will be required to do this piece. I also know that Cynthia was very fast at her professional craft and could get this ring done in short order and she did all steps herself, which is, these days, not often the case. I realize that my “thinking” of what a jeweler or shop could or might be able to offer a customer is based on my life experiences with Cynthia and that what she was able and willing to do was/is rather unique or unusual.
I appreciate the time you folks on this GREAT LIST have taken to help me “see the light” and I too will be interested in seeing what my friend wants to do. I am relatively sure I can do most of the processes but I am totally unsure that I can do them to the quality and level I would expect in an item of fine jewelry. We shall see what happens and I will post the results on this list if they are worth posting, even if it is a failure (casting or some such).
Again, I thank you all for your valuable time and your personal and professional thoughts.