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Onyx & marble chess set, 'Check in Gray'

Item # 36864
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Gray tones lend an inviting air of mystery to this hand-crafted chess set. Combining marble and onyx, the game employs stone's power to intensify the mental battles to be waged. The combatants line up, patiently prepared for the heated climax when one of the competitors first announces, "Check." The Sierra Family infuses a classic game with a touch of Mexican artistry.

As each piece is sculpted individually with natural stones, there may exist slight variations in the color and grain pattern of the stone. The dimension of the pieces may also vary slightly, up to 1 in (2.5 cm). Made in Mexico.

  • Chessboard:
    13.8" W x 0.8" H x 13.8" D
    Tallest piece:
    1.2" Diam. x 2.8" H
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping, and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

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Artisan: Sierra Family

Artisan Sierra Family

Odette Sierra is from the beautiful Mexican state of Puebla. Her father Edgar Sierra first opened their workshop 30 years ago. Their town is renowned throughout Mexico for its carvings in onyx and marble. Submerged in this artistic heritage, the Sierras began crafting parquet tables in onyx and marble. During the history of their workshop they have come to perfect the fabrication of innumerable items, including chess sets, game sets, vases, sculptures, bathroom fixtures, and jewelry boxes.

The principal materials of the Sierra Family, onyx and marble, are mined in the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca. A diamond disk is used to sculpt the stone, accompanied by large quantities of water. Once the desired shape is achieved the artisans finish the surface with emery board and a polisher.

The art of sculpting marble and onyx demands patience and virtue, both of which have been cultivated over time in the Sierra Family workshop.

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