Greetings Oh wise and sage Orchidians;
OK now that I buttered every one up lets, have some fun. I have been
asked by a customer to make a ring for her son, the ring will be
machined from Titanium; she wants a Keystone shaped white stone. My
first suggestion was White Jadeite, Not overly expensive nor that
difficult to cut and polish.
But this lady wants something that is native to the North Americas,
(don't ask, it's a long story).
I was considering Jadeite for the obvious reasons, in truth cost
wasn't the main one. My thoughts were running towards durability and
beauty. Add to that the stone cabochon will have to be tension set
or I'll have to mill prongs and a bearing for the Cabochon. I vote
for a tension set, although I'm not sure how it will look on a mans
ring finger and with other than a faceted stone.
So I need the assistance of the wise and willing for suggestions of
a white stone that is reasonably durable, opaque, and is found in
North American (preferably in the United States of America) and a
stone that will accept some degree of punishment during the setting.
The customer suggested the stone being White Quartz, does any body
know where I can get some plain white agate??
All suggestions welcome