Ginkgo Leaves – Soapstone Trinket Decor Box
Soapstone is a soft rock that is capable of being carved and etched to great deal without fracturing. It is mined in the mountains of Quang Ninh in northern Viet Nam. Each box is a symbol of both the aesthetics and talent of the Vietnamese artisans. The soapstone is designed, carved and painted to produce a complete masterpiece. Each box consists of a variety of colors and shades, lines and curves, shapes and sizes which are handled with care by many different artisans. Every box takes hours to finish ultimately to become a one of a kind piece, truly a reflexion of the character of Vietnam you cannot find anywhere else.
After carving this box by hand it is then painted, also by hand. Occasionally. it may appear that there are blemishes on top of the box, however this is due to the natural occlusions of the stone which show through, giving it more character. The design is 3D; it protrudes out of the box to give it a lifelike design and feel. The box is completed with a hinge that allows it to be used with ease.
The design of this box is a Ginkgo Leaf; in Vietnamese, bạch quả, which comes from a Maidenhair tree. The box is completed with a hinge that allows it to be used with ease. Though it is rock, the soapstone is fragile and will break if it is dropped. It will be shipped to you in a box surrounded by bubble-wrap to ensure its safety.This box measures 13 x 13 x 3.5 cm (5 x 5 x 1.4") and is available in 3 different background colors; natural (unpainted), black, and indigo.