Color:Plays Claire de Lune This is the highest quality musical jewelry box available. It is handmade in Italy with skills and techniques that date back to the 7th century. It is hand inlaid and made of natural wood. The feet are made of brass. The music mechanism is the highest quality Sankyo music available. The music mechanism can be seen playing on the inside of the box when you lift the cover. The inside is covered in rich velvet lining. Everything about this music box is of the highest quality.In modern times, the range of woods has grown to include walnut briar, ebony, maple, poplar, elm, bobinga, palisander, etc. The manufacturing still remains hand based with the help of modern tools, such as the double-ended cross cut saw. Essentially the marquetry is accomplished by stratifying linings of bright and dark woods in alternation. Great attention must be paid to the choice of graining for optimal design results. These chromatic effects combine the prestige of natural wood with the hand labor of skilled craftspeople for a truly unique result. Hedy Kagan has a lifetime of experience in design and takes great care in developing new styles based on the available woods to bring to market exclusive designs that have earned Splendid great acclaim. Her drawings are then cut out of the respective woods and broken up into tiny fragments that are then applied and transferred to the music box. The typical shading intricacy of the design is achieved with the aid of red-hot sanding. This operation, which must be executed with immense care, gives warm and elegant nuances to the beautiful tones of the wood itself. The wood passes through stages of smoothing and polishing to yield exquisite high gloss, or elegant matte finishes. These phases involve manual work with endless grain variations, such that essentially no two pieces are alike, which is an important feature of Sorrento inlaid woodwork.
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