This starts with a blank made from cutting the cap off of a burl, then casting it under pressure with a polyester resin with color swirled in. It reminds me what it must be like looking down at our fragile planet from space, complete with bays, inlets, and rivers pouring to the sea. It's mated with the finest metal parts available to penturners, the Jr's Emperor, which is simply stunning. It's handcrafted with 22kt Gold accents against a Rhodium background. The German rollerball writes like a dream too. This is a smaller pen, perfect for a woman, and a gift she will never forget. This will become a family heirloom the minute you open it.