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Chess sets in a class of their own!
It is very possible that two different people may have a different definition of the term luxury especially when it comes to luxury chess sets. Is their opinion shaped by price, design, feel or country of origin?
Another factor that may mean luxurious to someone is the material used to make the chess pieces, like exotic woods or fancy stone like marble or alabaster.
The set also would include a chess board which is also going to have to be of high quality whether it is wood or a stone board.
The way chessmen glide across the chess board can also be a factor, because they may have leather pads or felted bottoms which give the feeling of class and sophistication.
So what constituents a luxury chess set? More than likely luxury would be determined much like art in the eyes of the beholder. When it comes to chess pieces it can be defined as hand carved exotic wood chessmen that are weighted and feature pads with either felt or leather.
The hand crafted chessmen would have great attention to detail, like a stallion look in the knight or an amazing double queen set.
When describing the chess board it too would be crafted from luxurious wood and feature beveled edges or rounded corners. Some examples of luxury wood would be Paduak wood or Birdseye maple to name a few, however there are many more.
The high quality chess set would also feature weighted chess pieces that have the feel of luxury and glide across the chess board with ease and are not tipped over easily.
Another feature that adds value to a chess set is a storage area either in the chess board itself or a storage chess box made of fine wood, which is commonly referred to as a coffer.