Hardstone carving
Hardstone carving is a general term in art history and archaeology for the artistic carving of predominantly semi-precious stones (but also of gemstones), such as jade, rock crystal (clear quartz), ag...
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This Artist Spent 10 Years Carving A Giant Cave – Alone With His Dog
For the last 10 years, American artist Ra Paulette has been walking alone into New Mexico's desert to work. He spends his time carving a sandstone cave that he found, turning it into a wonderful subte...
Flea market find: Faberge egg for $14,000, may be worth $33 million
A Fabergé egg found at a flea market by a scrap-metal dealer who initially didn't realize the value of what he had discovered will be on public view for the first time in more than a century, accordin...
Spectacular Eggshell Sculptures Transformed into Mini Lamps
Bến Tre, Vietnam-based deviantART user vnarts shares some truly spectacular eggshell sculptures that have been transformed into unique lamps. The meticulously…
Fatimid art: Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers, Most Valuable Objects in Islamic Art
Centred around the mysteries of  rock crystal.” When I invited Professor Maki, a master of form and ...
House of Fabergé - Fake Fabergé egg scam cracked
AP French customs agents have uncovered a nest of 354 bejwelled eggs – and declared them counterfeit copies of the famed Fabergé collection. ...
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Hardstone carving
Since antiquity, gemstones have been engraved using the same methods. Follow the process from start to finish in this short video from the Getty Museum. Love...
House of Fabergé - Video
Marvel at exquisite objects produced by legendary jeweler Carl Fabergé, including personal gifts to the Tsar and Tsarina, an extravagant tiara, the magnifice...
Opus sectile
Outstanding polychromatic effects and geometric patterns seen on Roman pavements and Mosaics.
House of Fabergé
A recently discovered Faberge egg has been sold to a mysterious Russian collector at Christie's Auction house in London for a whopping $US 18.5 million -- a ...
Lapidary
A lapidary (lapidarist, Latin: lapidarius) is an artist or artisan who forms stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved gems, including cameos, and faceted de...
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Cameo (carving)
Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, whi...
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Cameo glass
Cameo glass is a luxury form of glass art produced by etching and carving through fused layers of differently colored glass to produce designs, usually with white opaque glass figures and motifs on a ...
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Chinese jade
Chinese Jade refers to the jade mined or carved in China from the Neolithic onward. It is the primary hardstone of Chinese sculpture. Although deep and bright green jadeite is better known in Europe,...
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Chinese Inkstone
An inkstone (simplified Chinese: 砚; traditional Chinese: 硯; pinyin: yàn) (simplified Chinese: 砚台; traditional Chinese: 硯臺; pinyin: yàn tái) (Japanese: 硯 suzuri) (Korean:...
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Crystal skull
The crystal skulls are human skull hardstone carvings made of clear or milky white quartz (also called "rock crystal"), claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders; how...
Crystal skull - Wikipedia
Cylinder seal
A cylinder seal is a small round cylinder, typically about one inch in length, engraved with written characters or figurative scenes or both, used in ancient times to roll an impression onto a two-dim...
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Engraved gem
An engraved gem is a small gemstone, usually semi-precious, that has been carved, in the Western tradition normally with images or inscriptions only on one face. The engraving of gemstones was a major...
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Fabergé egg
A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are those ma...
Minoan seal-stones
Minoan seal-stones are gemstones, or near-gem-quality stones produced in the Minoan civilization. They were found in quantity at specific sites, for example in Knossos, Mallia and Phaistos.Minoan seal...
Minoan seal-stones - Wikipedia
Olmec figurine
This article on the Olmec figurine describes a number of archetypical figurines produced by the Formative Period inhabitants of Mesoamerica. While many of these figurines may or may not have been pro...
Olmec figurine - Wikipedia
Opus sectile
Opus sectile is an art technique popularized in the ancient and medieval Roman world where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to make a picture or pattern. Common materials were marbl...
Opus sectile - Wikipedia
Pietra dura
Pietra dura or pietre dure (see below), called parchin kari in South Asia, is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished colored stones to create images. It is considered...
Pietra dura - Wikipedia
Pounamu
Pounamu refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade, bowenite, or serpentinite stone found in southern New Zealand. Pounamu is the Māori name. These rocks are also generic...
Pounamu - Wikipedia