The intricate design of this Elephant carved stone pipe is the most beautiful and elegant piece I've owned. With it being stone it is liable to break if dropped from a decently high height. But other than that they hold up very well! I've dropped mine multiple times, slightly chipped it, but it does not inhibit from my continual use. Very pleased with soapstone pipes. It's the only thing I ever smoke from! I definitely suggest this, for you, a friend, whomever! At least buy two so you'll have a spare incase of an accidental break.