Heathergems are handmade in Scotland from natural heather stems. These stems are dried, shotblasted to remove the bark, and dyed using natural dyes in various colors. Stems of different colors are then mixed together and compressed into a block. Eighty tons of pressure is required to press the block of stems together. The block is then cut into slices and individual pieces are cut, shaped and filled by craftworkers before giving them the final lacquered finish.