The technique of creating a design using inlaid polished materials is called INTARSIA.
Nicolai Medvedev created these exceptional intarsia boxes using everything from malachite to dinosaur bone.
Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego Featuring "ALL THAT GLITTERS" - The Splendor & Science of Gems & Minerals.
Exhibition Highlights: http://www.sdnhm.org/archive/exhibits/allthatglitters/highlights.php
***Photos taken without flash through glass/plexiglass