This dog has been handmade in our studio in Italy. The intricate and traditional carving skills have been passed down over several generations in a small town in the ‘heel’ of Italy. The ancient rare stone is called ‘Pietra Leccese’, a beautiful limestone found only in a small area in southern Italy. It is formed from the accumulation of many layers over 6 million years and contains shell, coral and algal fossils. This can result in the creation exhibiting quite a lot of shades of white. The stone is not treated nor manipulated but carved in its beautiful raw state, so the finished sculpture may also be rich in what may seem like insignificant white/grey lines, flecks or semicircles but these are if truth be told precious fossils. Color variations, the presence of small fossils and any minor carving imperfections make sure that no 2 pieces are the same. This is not a conveyor belt plaster of Paris Made in China creation. It is a piece of Italian history, heritage and beauty. The discolorings in the stone are simply proof of the stone’s history and authenticity. Minor imperfections tell you that it was entirely handmade. The dog symbolizes unconditional love, devotion, friendship, protection and loyalty. The perfect gift for the dog-lovers in your life but also a thoughtful gift for a variety of occasions. Each animal comes beautifully packaged in an elegant gift box which includes the stone’s background and English and Italian statements highlighting that the creation was entirely handmade in Italy. We also include a lovely message card so as to write in your own words what you need to say with this one-of-a-kind creation and another card with a map of Italy showing exactly where the animal was ‘born’.The creation is nicely presented in the gift box in a small cellophane bag and then secure by shredded paper which comes in plenty of random colors. Please note, photos are for reference only. Each item is handmade so there may be slight variations in color and size.