You don't get an undrilled naturally green pearl just any day. What better way to hoard it than with a dragon? And lemme tellya, that little dragon took some DOING, oh yeah. And then, after my tiny sculpture was all perfect and finished (in wax) they decided that it was such a neat thing that the head should be solid gold. Okay, flattering, but that meant the head had to be cast separately from the body. Which meant I had to chop its head off!! Ohhhh, I didn't like that part. But hey, gold! Solid-gold-headed dragon=extra-cool, right?

That is, the sterling silver box was made by lost wax casting, and the wax was was made by lathe-turning.