redwald wrote:Interesting article, Hobbitstomper -- pricey though!
good information re garnets, Mad Monk - do you work with them?
Yep, I do work with garnets - I'm trained as a gemologist, and am a member of the Soc. of Jewellery Historians, and the JPH (Jewellery, Plate and Horology) private club. I've the equipment to cut and polish stones, facetted and cabochons, as well as make jewellery. I also experiment with period cutting and polishing techniques. One of my present hobbies is enamelling based on the writings of theophilious. I'm tempted to make a replica of the Alfred Jewel, complete with the rock crystal top, although using silver, rather than gold, for budget reasons.
I've only made one replica with the thin slice method - mainly because of the time and costs involved. You need high carat gold (23ct or better) to make the cell walls with. Many original pieces actually were made of copper alloy and gilded for strength and cost reasons, but the cell inserts were still gold.