The colour was disappointing. They are a very orangey red and not the deep purple-red that I associate with garnets. However, they fired well at 700 degrees.
An individual stone, either natural corundum, lab grown corundum, or cubic zirconia. Push them into the wet clay, and fire with the stone in place. Beautiful stones - they are top quality cut.
All of our kiln safe stones are test fired to 800°C
I had great success torch firing this stone in copper clay. I was worried it wouldn't work, but it worked perfectly. I was sure to heat the piece gently and let it cool naturally (not quench).
Great size and colour, perfect to lend a little sophistication to metal clay pendants. Fires well.