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Description from Merchant:
Gemstone art is an original art creation made with gemstones, bonding resins, fossils, other stones and steel. The finished art is sealed in a protective automobile-grade clearcoat sealant which should be permanently sealed on the viewing surface. The art cannot stand exposure to liquid moisture without eventual oxidation on some surfaces on the rear of the art. These pieces are durable but not indestructible. Well cared for pieces should last several lifetimes if kept away from the elements. Far better than any canvas art could do.
Gemstone Art is a type of mixed-media art produced utilizing a proprietary process for inlaying gemstones, fossils, mineral crystals, metals (sometimes including meteorites), and other varied materials that the artist places inside an encapsulating metal frame. Each stone is carefully laid in by hand to achieve the pattern combinations that will produce the envisioned design. This material is then joined together with hi-strength chemical resins resulting in a super-hard aggregate. Next, grinding and polishing takes place over multiple days using diamond grinding equipment starting with the roughest grits and then going over the piece another eight times more with higher and higher grits. This finishing process of the piece to a high polish allows the working of the different sections in order to create visual effects of depth, color, light-play and intricate pattern. These methods require hours of labor just to inlay a small area of the art piece. The artist also uses various metalworking methods to create the surface patina of the metallic sections. The unique combination of crystalline minerals, fossils, metals, and resins then cures into a composite material surface that can never be duplicated. The sophisticated methods of metal and stonework that are utilized were developed over four decades of laborious trial & error research and are crucial elements in the creation of these one-of-a-kind art pieces which are unique in the world of art.