I wrote to Steuben in the hope that they might have some glass
scraps that could be purchased for faceting. They say no, and
furthermore if we had it we wouldn’t give it away or sell it. I
suppose they have concerns about liability.
Forty years ago on a trip to Corning I was fortunate to find the
location of one of their old dumps. I dug around the edges with my
only tool on hand, a old screwdriver, and was able to unearth some
pieces of glass which looked like they had been poured out of a
crucible - thick, tubular, and snake-like. I’ve cut some pretty gems
from it. Of course I can’t be sure it is Steuben.
I recently received from a friend a piece of glass allegedly from a
window made for a lunar module. This glass has the highest
refractive index of anything I have ever seen, and it makes beautiful
gems. As you might imagine, that stuff is not in very great supply.
On the other hand, I’ve cut some pretty gems from a Pyrex baking
dish I got at a garage sale for a dime. And even from the handle of a
clear glass coffee cup.
I’m not much of a jeweler so mostly I mount in Tripps mounts which
are just about right for my level of skill.
Sorry for the ramble. Messin’ with jewelry-making sometimes addles