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The beautiful hues of perfectly polished blues and sparkling specks of white and silver are what make this product special. I think they're better to be used as accent pieces than as bookends though. I was happily surprised to discover that they were smaller than I expected since my bedroom lacks space. The two ends come with rubber stoppers that you stick on yourself. However, even with the rubber stoppers attached, they only seem to "work" well when holding a light load...Meaning, the amount of books allowed for secure placement is extremely limited and/or the books must be lightweight. Granted, I've only used them as actual bookends on unpolished wood. Maybe other surface types generate more tension with the rubber stoppers.
Overall, I think they're unique and beautiful and I am happy with my purchase. I ordered them specifically for my bedroom that I am redecorating, hoping to achieve a "tranquil" or "spa-like" ambiance. While researching ideas, I learned that when paired with white or brighter colors, a major presence of blue promotes anxiolytic effects in people. It makes sense as to why hospitals and other wellness companies often use blue in their decor or branding. I'm still in the works of redecorating my bedroom, but they so far pair well with the variety of other blues, greens, yellows, and neutrals I have.
I’m so disappointed with my delivery I just got! These are used, they don’t even line up when put together, one is taller then the other. They were wrapped in nasty, smelly old bubble wrap which was wrapped in the Incredible Hulk wrapping paper. Not cool when you order NEW!! I sent them back immediately...
The blue agate bookends I received arrived in perfect condition and are STUNNING. For the $ I was expecting something far less exciting. I use them as CD "ends" and they are just right for that purpose. I have several sets of 5-6 lb. agate bookends, but they were too bulky for merely holding CDs from falling over. I am glad to report my total satisfaction with these stones.
Got these to hold a few books on an oversized nightstand. I was reading some of the reviews so I was a little nervous but I got a nice set. Its a pretty blue with a grayish rocky texture on the outside. I ordered the smallest set. They were just the size I needed.