Well, this is how it turned out. It's actually been done for a while, but I've only now gotten around to making another post here. I'm happy with it, and the garnets are beautiful AAA quality. The picture here is in inside light, so the garnets look almost black, but I have an outside picture in my Etsy listing so you can see the gorgeous deep, deep red. I was careful to hand-pick the nicest garnets from the strand I bought, so they're the best of the best. Photo links to my Etsy listing. What's really nice is that some people have favorited [hearted] it already - it feels good to have something you work hard on appreciated.