Before purchasing this item I read the reviews, and people are right to have mixed feelings.
The 'stone' has no real weight to it and it doesn't feel like its made out of the best quality materials. There are light scores across it to give it some texture and the 'deeper' marks (that appear in the photos) are painted on. The blue, teal and dark paint is lovely, the pearlescent finish really catches the light. The rune carvings are the best feature on this piece, they feel smooth, to touch and are perfectly clear at every angle.
If I could have, I would have given this item 3.5 stars, simply because of the material and I wish it had come with some sort of paper work. However, I bought this item regardless as the price is fantastic!
The shipping was surprisingly speedy to the UK, from the date of order it arrived exactly 2 weeks after.
I would recommend this as a collector, but be warned to expect *some* disappointment (especially if you have high expectations)
It is going to be a gift for my partner (along with the key of Erebor) and I know he will just love it.