These dice are massive. Coming in at 8 times the volume and weight of our standard sized ¾” d20s and measuring a full 1 ½ ” face to face (roughly the perfect size to fit in minion’s palm), they are guaranteed to make your players cower in fear, or your DM green with envy.
Normally our Big Ass d20s are crafted from solid billets of exotic woods , however these are machined from our Elemental semi-precious stones. The larger size allows the color pattern and variation of the stone to be showcased in a way that is simply not possible at the standard 3/4″ size. You’ll also find that our Big Ass Elemental d20s are all inlaid with the same metals as their smaller versions, making these beauties really shine!
We don’t make shelf queens. Our dice are made to game and we back that up with a life time warranty. Most semi precious stone dice proved to chip easily and wouldn’t hold up to regular use. That’s no bueno.
So how did we get around stones natural propensity to chip? Simple, we cheated. This new line of dice have been crafted from semi precious stone set in a resin matrix. The end result is flawless in execution, beauty, and gameability (if that’s not a word, it is now). By binding the ground semi precious stone in a resin matrix, it adds a toughness to the resulting die that unaltered stone just doesn’t have, while retaining all the visual properties and heft of the original stone.
First mined around 7,000 B.C., Lapis Lazuil’s deep blue coloration was the very first blue pigment known to man. Artists from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance prized it’s Ultramarine blue color. That name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, which translates, “beyond the sea”, owing to the pigment being imported from Afghani mines during the 14th and 15th centuries by Italian traders. This made Lapis Lazuli highly sought after and demanded correspondingly high prices. Artists reserved this bluest of pigments for their best works and it was commonly used to depict the robes of angles or the Virgin Mary. Where as the Ancient Egyptians used the stone to adorn the tombs of Pharaohs. Fun fact, Lapis Lazuli smells faintly of acrid sulfur when worked, not too dissimilar from asphalt
Malachite has been mined since the 3rd millennium B.C. and smelted for its copper content. That copper is what gives Malachite its noted green coloration. Ancient Egyptians associated its green color, known to them as wadj, with rebirth and fertility. They believed that the afterlife contained an eternal paradise know as the “Field of Malachite”. Malachite, like Azurite and Lapis Lazuli, has been used as a pigment since antiquity, though it has more recently been replaced by its synthetic counterpart. Malachite is the second of the two copper carbonate minerals and results from the weathering of Azurite, which is why they are often found in deposits intermixed with one another. Both of which were melted down for the copper ore in antiquity. So it is fitting that we inlay these dice with Copper numbers.
Jasper was first worked somewhere between 4000 – 5000 B.C. these early examples of Jasper seem to be primarily used as tips for ancient bow drills. Jasper was one of the favorite gemstones of antiquity. It was used to make signet rings for producing seals as early as 1800 BC in Crete and Figurines such as the hippo you see photographed here during Egypt’s Middle Kingdom around 2000 B.C. Jasper has been found on archaeological digs from Knossos, to Egypt, all across Europe and even the Far East.
Today Jasper is found all around the world. Specific colors in various forms of Jasper are developed due to contaminates in the opaque quartz that makes up the Jasper family of stones. The red coloration you see in these dice as well as the this Brecciated Red Jasper stone on the left, occur due to iron contamination. Jasper comes in an entire rainbow of colors with fanciful names such as forest fire or porcelain jasper and each coloration or variation in pattern is a result of volcanic re circulation that brought these stones to the surface. Jasper will also develop a highly colorized crust or rind due to weathering of those contaminants once on the surface.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise leans towards the aqua end of the turquoise spectrum. It’s known for its purity of color and named for the mountain where it is mined, which is said to resemble a lady sleeping with her arms folded. There also happens to be an important copper mine located here as well, making the Copper metal inlay on these dice particularly perfect.
Howlite was discovered in Nova Scotia by Henry How in 1868. It is most often found in irregular deposits resembling a dirty cauliflower. Once worked and polished, the dirty cauliflower appearance gives way to a lustrous white with black veining. Originally Howlite was tossed aside as nuisance mineral in gypsum mines until How’s discovery. These days you can find this mineral sold as “white” or “buffalo turquoise”. It is quite often dyed to resemble genuine turquoise as the porous nature of Howlite allows it to take dyes readily. And like turquoise it is easily worked and used to make many decorative objects.
Jet also known as lignite, derives its name from the French word, jaiet, and gives its name to the term, jet-black. Jet has been widely used as a gemstone since the Neolithic period and examples of jet jewelry have been found in Germany dating to 10,000 B.C.
Jade – Chinese craftsmen have crafted highly prized works of art from Jade for thousands of years. In fact the earliest known Chinese jade artifacts date to the Late Neolithic Era around 3300 BC. There are artifacts that predate even this as Jade was fashioned into tools by early man much like flint. A few hundred years ago, some of these master craftsmen in China recognized that Burmese Jade was different. It was harder, more dense, and produced a higher luster upon polishing.
Charorite is lavender to purple in color and forms in unusual swirly patterns. Also called Lilac Stone, Charoite is thought to have been discovered in 1940 along the Chara river in Siberia, but did not gain in popularity until the late 70’s. Charoite is found in massive formations in limestone deposits along with tinaksite and canasite formations. To say that Charoite is complex stone is an understatement. It is described a hydrated potassium, sodium, calcium, barium, strontium, and silicate hydroxyfluoride. Charoite is widely used in cabochon work as well as carved in to decorative objects. Thanks to the size of its natural formations Charoite is carved in to a variety of objects from small figurines to large urns like you can see below.