If you want to do the "Saxon"garnet inlay you would want to hit the
import dealers at most any of the shows.
They sell small round and rectangle garnets that can be shaped to the
little step cuts you want. Since the cabs are fairly thin in height
or thickness they tend to have lighter and better color. It might be
hard to get a pure red, but if you go through the material you can
pick out the nicer colors. Also they are very inexpensive. Pure reds
like you see in the Sutton Hoo etc. have brightly polished and or
engraved cells, I believe, behind the cloisonnes which might make the
color a better red. The German cutter Hermann Lind in the GJX show
has finished goods in fine Ant Hill material which is a pure though
dark, red. He may sell rough. Tucson Electric Park has rough dealers
with garnet in facet grade. But the thin cabs I discussed above are
already polished and therefore a lot less labor. You grind the edges
to shape with a diamond saw blade, leaving the two polished surfaces.
Set with a water clear adhesive. Keep close tolerances or it will