This is the highest quality musical jewelry box available. It is handmade in Italy with skills and techniques that date back to the 7th century. It is hand inlaid and made of natural wood. The feet are made of brass. The music mechanism is the highest quality Sankyo music available. It includes a brass key with red tassel to lock and keep safe jewelry or other valuable items. The music mechanism can be seen playing on the inside of the box when you lift the cover. The inside is covered in rich velvet lining. Everything about this music box is of the highest quality.In modern times, the range of woods has grown to include walnut briar, ebony, maple, poplar, elm, bobinga, palisander, etc. The manufacturing still remains hand based with the help of modern tools, such as the double-ended cross cut saw. The typical shading intricacy of the design is achieved with the aid of red-hot sanding. This operation, which must be executed with immense care, gives warm and elegant nuances to the beautiful tones of the wood itself. The wood passes through stages of smoothing and polishing to yield exquisite high gloss, or elegant matte finishes. These phases involve manual work with endless grain variations, such that essentially no two pieces are alike, which is an important feature of Sorrento inlaid woodwork.