Handcrafted in Italy
    Stone source: Ancient Italy & Worldwide Localities

    A rainbow selection of semi-precious stones are inset as round inlays, approximately 5/8 of an inch in diameter, into square tiles of Verde Alpe; a type of green 'marble' no longer available except from ancient Italian buildings. The square tesserae are in turn arrayed into a grid pattern of inlays set into the sides and lid of the box itself. The body of the box is formed from another antique marble referred to as Red Porfirio: again a type only available through demolition and recycling of ancient Roman buildings. A chart accompanies the box detailing the location and type of the more than 25 different stones making up the inlays - some of the gemstones include Malachite, Lapis, Tiger-Eye, Amazonite, Rhodochrosite, Jasper, Sodalite to name a few. The interior is wood lined with gold plated hinges and a lip seal type of edge to maintain the humidity of the contents. It measures 12 ¼ x 8 3/8 x 4 ¾ inches and rests upon feet of red porfirio marble. Excellent condition, this artisan crafted box is so skillfully constructed that it appears to be seamless.

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    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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