Feature Gems & Gemology, Winter 1986, Vol. 22, No. 4

Contemporary Intarsia: The Medvedev Approach to Gem Inlay

Using precision inlay (intarsia) techniques, Russian émigré Nicolai Medvedev is creating masterpieces of lapidary work in boxes, candlesticks, clock cases, and jewelry. He uses high-quality lapis lazuli, opal, malachite, sugilite, azurite, tourmaline, and rhodochrosite, among other materials, to create these colorful and precisely constructed pieces. Some of his techniques are explained in a step-by-step procedure used to create the "Camellia" box.