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> Have you considered Swarovski AB crystal beads?
Thank you for the suggestion. No, I haven't, for the same reason I
won't use CZs. To be consistent with the rest of the piece, I need
to use something "real", i.e. stone, to convey the "value" of tea in
the eyes of the tea-lover. That is why I would *really* like to find
a batch of broken or fractured faceted diamonds (since, evidently,
"chips" don't exist ;>) ). I'm willing to spend on this, but there's
no sense, in my mind, to putting good quality stones into a copper
mesh teabag on a silver sculpture, where they'll barely be seen and
never worn. I figure somebody out there may have a little stash of
assorted (or not) chipped stones too small to justify recutting if
there's another use for them...