The MegaChess Onyx Chess Set with an 8" King is a remarkable set! Every piece has been skillfully hand-crafted to make this beautiful chess set and table. This set is a classic Staunton design.
Our Onyx is mined in Pakistan. It is ground and polished by some of the most skilled artisans in the world. The primary colors in this set are a beautiful translucent green and white. Both the green and white pieces have a hint of a copper vein. The colors are beautiful!
The Onyx Chess Set is the smallest of three Onyx Chess Sets we carry. The set comes with 32 chess pieces, a delightful chessboard with 3.5" onyx tiles and a wooden storage cabinet.
Onyx has found a special place in the history of civilization. Egyptian high priests utilized onyx goblets for sacred ceremonies. Ancient Romans held Onyx to be a Devine stone and drank from Onyx glasses to herald victories. Even in Biblical times, the high priest used Onyx in special Devine ceremonies.
Onyx is a calcium carbonate that is usually banded (and therefore resembles banded agate). It is also called travertine or flow stone and is a hydrothermal alteration of limestone. Much of this material comes from Mexico, Morocco and Pakistan. The banding result from continuous sequential deposition of the carbonate minerals creates the beautiful colors and patterns.
Marble and Onyx have different physical properties. Onyx is soft, translucent and a semi precious stone. Although marble is tough, it is not translucent like onyx and is not a semi precious stone.
Use this product with care to protect its surface. Acidic food and wine will dull the surface of the stone over time.