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Intarsia 406

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This polished intarsia artwork consists of a top layer of Ocean Jasper backed with Turquoise, completed with a double border frame and black backing. The cabochon is constructed from 11 individual pieces. 

This otherworldly scene is created by an Ocean Jasper layer with strong character. The bottom section shows bright yellow and red-orange orbicular patterning bubbling up beneath brown and green tones. The sky is created through a blue turquoise backing that blends with the partially clear agate, creating blends of color and intriguing, cloud-like shapes. Most importantly, the sky holds the striking orbs that form the planets or moons in this distant galaxy.

The frame is built from green Imperial Jasper, which grounds the colorful inner picture in dark green with gentle shade changes before the final border of Black Onyx. Backed with black basalt for a solid dark base and added strength, with an angled back bevel. 

Center: Ocean Jasper, Turquoise, and Basalt

Border: Imperial Jasper and Black Onyx

52mm x 55mm

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.