6" Inch Solid Alabaster Sone Jewelry Box

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This hand-carved alabaster jewelry box has been handmade and imported by artisans in Italy. Each jewelry box measures: 6"L x 4"W x 2.5"H inches. Alabaster is mined and then sold in blocks to alabaster workshops. There they are cut to the needed size ("squaring"), and then are processed in different techniques: turned on a lathe for round shapes, carved into three-dimensional sculptures, chiseled to produce low relief figures or decoration; and then given an elaborate finish that reveals its transparency, color, and texture. Marble imitation In order to diminish the translucency of the alabaster and to produce an opacity suggestive of true marble, the statues are immersed in a bath of water and heated gradually—nearly to the boiling point—an operation requiring great care, because if the temperature is not regulated carefully, the stone acquires a dead-white, chalky appearance. The effect of heating appears to be a partial dehydration of the gypsum. If properly treated, it very closely resembles true marble and is known as "marmo di Castellina".