Antique Malachite and Marble Pietra Dura Paperweight,


Pietra dura Gemstones

H 1.19 in. x W 4.34 in. x D 2.76 in.


This is a beautiful antique Italian black marble rectangular Pietra Dura paperweight, with chamfered corners.

It is inlaid with a stunning patchwork cross made of semi precious stones within a striking malachite borderwith chamfered corners.
Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.

Pietra dura is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished coloured stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art.


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