The Tucson GJX show has a treat inside - the Idar-Oberstein Group Pavilion. Here you can find gem carvings of myriad themes and materials. And at the Pauly booth, we were surprised to find that pearls were represented.
Behold the beautiful sea urchin carved from gemstone and encrusted with pearls! Beautifully carved by Hans-Ulrich Pauly, down to the tiniest detail.
No aspect was left unfinished in this beautiful piece. The underside was as lovingly carved as the top. All their carvings were exceptionally executed, from the whimsical to the dramatic.
You can see more lovely gem carvings at their website: