I’ve carved this intaglio honey bee out of some perfectly honey coloured Carnelian. It is slightly banded with white lines you can see on the side and through a colour change on the back.
Carnelian has been carved for 1000’s of years and like Jade is found worldwide and also here in NZ.
Because Carnelian is so translucent I often carve it in “intaglio” which means I carved the bee and comb pattern into the front as a negative impression, instead of a raised carving.
Intaglios were most often used as stamps where you would push them into a soft material like wax to get a positive image. A positive stamp is included with this piece (shown)
Material – New Zealand Carnelian
Size – 17mm wide X 26mm high
Adjustable tan cord