****Collector's Model! Once its gone, its GONE!!!***** Due to material cost keeps raising while retail cost keeps going lower and lower, this kind of globes are discountinued production. you will only find much lighter versions on the market now with cheaper stones used and even with wrong lay outs to reduce costs; many stones used on this globe are never again find on anyother on going models anywhere else. you are not going to regret for this purchase, cause you are not going to find this again! This unique gemstone globe is brand new and in perfect condition. It is painstakingly handcrafted by the most talented artists by, using more than 30 different semi-precious gemstones from all over the world! This globe have used large amount of blue lapis that pulverized, and Poured to make the ocean part of the globe (it is a very complicated and expensive procedure, precise control of temperature is the most essential factor in the processing cycle). This is a huge amount of striking and dramatic hand-crafted stone work. This globe is built with the beautiful ornate, tripod heavy gold coated brass stand into which the globe has been carefully mounted. At the bottom of the stand, a precise glass-topped integral brass compass is incorporated to complement the globe. Each country is inlaid from a different stone, and the stones are individually cut and ground to exacting interlocking shapes, polished and set into this exquisite piece of art with care and attention to adjacencies. The elements of the globe are created out of lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, amethyst, African jade, tiger's eye, jasper, turquoise, purple quartz, onyx, unakite, abalone, green marble and many other beautifully hued and richly veined stones. The latitude and longitude lines are very thin ribbons of polished brass, embedded through the globe. Each globe requires ten individual steps to compose and it takes more than 1500 hours of labor to complete! Only best stones are used!!!