The MegaChess Onyx Chess Set with a Wide 8" King is a
remarkable set! This Chess Set is a half inch taller and a half in wider that
our other Onyx Chess Set with an 8" King. The extra height, width and
weight feel very sturdy in your hand and add to the sets durability. 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 middle sized of three Onyx Chess Sets we
carry. The set comes with 32 chess pieces, a delightful chessboard with
4.5" onyx tiles and a wooden storage cabinet. The chessboard is 4' x 4' x
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
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
hyrdothermal alteration of limestone. Much of this material comes from Mexico,
Morocco and Pakistan. The banding results from continuous sequential deposition
of the carbonate minerals, which 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.