THE INSPIRATION: ?The gift [from the Volturi] was presented in an ornately carved, ancient wooden box inlaid with gold and mother-of-pearl, ornamented with a rainbow of gemstones. Alice said the box itself was a priceless treasure, that it would have outshone just about any piece of jewelry besides the one inside it.?
Bella, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
THE EXPERT SAYS: ?The 16th-century Mention et Wagner rectangular casket (valued at $116,500) sides are set with four lapis panels within scrollwork frames, the corners inset with arched niches supporting four angels?two girls holding jewel caskets and two boys holding a necklace of an emerald and two rubies. The four corners are applied with clusters of baroque pearls with translucent green enamel leaves, and some of the amethyst cameos are set with rubies.?
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