My inspiration came from learning how to solve the Rubiks cube. I always wanted to be able to solve a Rubiks. I finally went out and bought one, spent a few month tinkering until I solved it. I then became interested in taking my Rubiks cube which currently sits on my desk and wanted to create something much more interesting. I thought how cool would it be if it were made out of glass, crystal, or gems. Finally I whipped open 3D Studio Max and started on my creativity.
Here are the results: