Chess is a game of skill and strategy that has been around for thousands of years. Many people enjoy chess for both the game play and for the beauty of the chess set itself. There are many materials used to create chess sets and all give a unique beauty. Chess sets made of ivory, marble, pewter, wood, or glass are especially beautiful and have been produced since the game was first invented. Many beautiful antique chess sets still exist today made of these materials, and many more new chess sets are manufactured using modern methods that are also beautiful.
One of the rarest and most beautiful types of chess sets are ivory chess sets. Because ivory is seldom used in legal modern manufacturing, if you want an ivory chess set you must find an antique one and be prepared to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Another material that has been used since the game’s inception to create stunning game pieces as well as boards is wood. They type of wood used to create chess sets vary and all have a unique look and style. There are many beautiful antique wooden sets as well as newer wooden sets that do not have as large of a price tag but still offer players a unique and distinguished look. Wooden sets are usually very durable and require little maintenance making them a great choice for players who want a functional yet beautiful chess set.
Glass is also a common material used to make chess sets and has also been used for many centuries. Glass chess sets vary widely in style and durability. Some glass sets are made of hand blown glass which is hollow and very fragile. Others are made of solid glass which is more durable. Glass sets can come in a variety of colors depending on the type of glass used and many come with a glass or mirrored board which makes the set exceptionally beautiful. Glass chess sets are mass produced today and many craftsmen make custom glass chess sets as well.
Marble chess sets are also beautiful and marble is one of the most durable materials you can find for chess sets. Many sets made to be used outdoors are made of marble as this material is impervious to the weather and very sturdy. Marble pieces often resemble small statues and can be crafted in any shape or form desired. You can find many types of marble chess sets and they are well suited for use or display anywhere.
Many collectors like chess sets made of pewter, and this material adds a distinct type of style and beauty to the pieces crafted from it. Pewter is often used when making themed chess sets and is often embellished with crystals, gems, and even gold or silver. Pewter is a durable material although it requires periodic maintenance and cleaning. No matter what material your chess set, you are sure to find something that is beautiful as well as functional.