Hey there, eveyone. Ive been pondering something for a while was hoping to get some input, to see if what I want to do is feasible.
I dabble in metalsmithing a bit, and for some time have considered making some kind of luminescent pendant for my daughter. My ideas have wandered around, but my latest idea is to use an opal and/or maybe topaz in a silver setting that's lighted from within. In other words, I'd like to make it so the opal or other gems would give off a slight glow in dim light. I don't like the idea of giving her something that requires batteries, and don't want it to be too bright and flashy, so rather than LEDs I was looking at tritium vials- specifically a pair of ice blue 2x8mm vials mounted directly behind the (teardrop-shaped) opal.
Opals are sort of transluscent, so I understand some or most of the light would be blocked, depending on thickness. I don't want it to actually cast much light, but like I said, I want enough light coming through the stone that it would appear to glow in dim light, or maybe be spotted across a room in darkness once your eyes are adjusted.
Do you think these tritium vials would be bright enough for this application? Does anybody here happen to have some vials access to jewelry or stones that they could try out? (just hold it behind see if the stones light up?) Ive also thought about a similar idea with mother of pearl, if anyone happens to have some of that to try.
I've spent a good hour or two searching but couldn't find anything like this; let me know if I should be asking in a different sub forum.