If I were to redo my 8.A I'd spring for the wood inlay. Ebony faceplate with the Heir crown done as amboyna burl inlay in either a dark smoke or amber shell.
Or you could go all in, pimpin' style: Purple shell, gold flakes and gold faceplates
Part of me actually want gold flakes in my 8.A. Not for the looks, but to make it easier to comprehend for my non-audiophile friends that these bad boys are $1000-$1300 depending on options. Also, they'd be awesome for offending people asking for donations to save the Alabama Spotted Seal or the Antarctic Wild Ponies... "No, sorry, I just had my $1200 customs infused with 24 carat gold so you see there's no money left for charity".