I could tell the quality of the 'workmanship' as soon as I opened the package. The hinged lid fit together nicely, the dice were crafted correctly, the finish, smooth and shiny, and the paint was carefully applied. I am so glad that I chose this product for someone that is dear to me...And I am so glad that you give artisans around the world a chance to share their talents! Even though it wasn't much-I'm happy that I was able to be a small part of this opportunity too, by purchasing this lovely wooden box.
Bought this as a Christmas gift for someone I know. It is a beautiful set to just have sitting around or using if you're a chess player. If not already a chess player nut, I'm hoping this guy becomes one and uses this beautiful set.
This chess set is lovely to display and the soapstone pieces feel smooth and are a pleasure to handle. But be sure to check your shipment carefully because the pieces are fragile and the board, which is heavy, is also very fragile and will not tolerate much bumping or knocking. My order arrived well-packed and without any noticeable dents in the box, the board protected by several layers of packing and it was still cracked. They replaced it immediately, and it was worth the effort to have a set I not only like to look at, but like to play with.
I'm very disappointed with this product because there's no storage options for the marble pieces. Now I have to spend an extra chunk of money just to keep the marble safe. Don't buy this, look for something that comes with protection for your set. The seller should make the lack of storage very clear.
Things you should know:
1. The image on the site and the product are different. For instance the pawn is half the size (my girlfriend accurately described them as "missing their torsos" as compared with the photo). I returned the first set because of this, asked them to send me something at least close to the photographed product, and received the exact same thing except...
2. Pieces were broken. Each piece is made of two parts and roughly glued together, but one king arrived in two pieces. However, even if they stay in tact, pieces were often chipped. For example a black bishop was chipped exposing a large patch of white, unsightly stone beneath.
3. If you care about the interior (I don't), it's not put together well. The case feels like it might fall apart at any given moment.
I was sitting there thinking "I could glue the king back together and use a marker to color the stone and buy a finish for the interior wood and buy new hinges and...wait - didn't I just buy this?" I was ...
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