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Intarsia 400


This polished intarsia artwork consists of Montana Moss Agate and Blue Opal overlaying Turquoise and Magnesite with a double color border and black backing. The cabochon is constructed from 12 individual pieces. 

This is a scenic illusion of a shoreline of peach sands and blue, wavy water, with spots of birds flying above. The turquoise backing combined with common blue opal with varying levels of transparency creates the rolling waves, aided by the change in backing to enhance the shoreline. The birds are created by the black dendrites from the Montana Moss Agate and have visible depth, appearing as if truly flying over the sea. 
The frame has black basalt mimicking a matte around a picture, and gray jasper for the surrounding frame. Backed with black basalt for a solid dark base, and an angled bevel. 


Center: Montana Moss Agate, Blue Opal, Turquoise/Magnesite, and Black Basalt

Border: Black Onyx and Gray Jasper

51.5mm x 39.5mm


Intarsia: The Gem Shop’s founder, Eugene Mueller, has an MFA in painting and has won awards in the Cutting Edge Competition® for his intarsia, and has crafted and/ or designed many of the pieces available here. For thousands of years artisans have been using stone, striving to create the most beautiful scene possible. This process is commonly referred to as Intarsia. Intarsia traces its history back to the Italian Renaissance, and was called pietra dura or pietre dure. This is a term for the inlay technique of using thinly cut and polished stones to create images. The stonework is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible. Intarsia items are generally crafted on green, white or black base stones. Traditionally Intarsia pieces have a flat polish, but more contemporary pieces are more freeform and have a dome polish, and are often referred to as “composite cabochons.” Intarsia is a high expression of lapidary art requiring a close mastery. Each piece is eccentric and highly collectible – a true work of art.

Learn more about Intarsia and its history, as well as Gene Mueller's work and artistry in the technique.