The very fun Book Hook from Tell Ritterbach, Cologne. A bookmark and decor item in one. Available in beech (pictured), birch, and oak.
I noticed some of swissmiss’ commenters were concerned about the potential strain this could have on a book’s binding. Considering the size and purpose of the product, I don’t see the problem. Thoughts?
lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. This pieces originate from the same mining district that the ancient Egyptians used for obtaining lapis. Photo shows the typical mineralogy of lapis: blue lazurite, white calcite and gold pyrite.