Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

Ruby snail

    Ruby snail

    South Africa

    20th century

    Quispe Aparicio, Luis Alberto

    Opaque ruby, aventurine, sapphires, gold; carving, polishing

    Length 14 cm


    Snail is carved of rich red massive ruby from Tanzania, the snail is embellished with 18K yellow gold antenna, tipped in faceted sapphires. It rests upon a carved leaf formed of translucent polished aventurine quartz.