Each Steinway Crown Jewel is an original handcrafted work of art, unique in all the world. Crown Jewel pianos are encased in your choice of magnificent woods, prized for their exquisite color and grain, and gathered from around the world. Steinway & Sons craftspeople meticulously match the grain from one end of the piano to the other — even across the beveled edge of the lid. Individually distinguished with a special Limited Edition medallion indicating its uniqueness, a Crown Jewel is a Steinway that truly makes itself heard even before you touch the keys.

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This lustrous wood varies in color from golden to deep red-brown. Irregular grain patterns produce highly attractive figures such as fiddleback, blister, stripe and mottle. Patterns range from straight to wavy or curly. Grown in Central and South America.

Famous for its wavy, curly, and mottled figures, Walnut has coloring which range from chocolate brown to golden brown. A slightly open grain pattern is usually straight, but may be wavy. This popular wood is native to the Eastern United States.

Dark Cherry
This classic furniture wood is dark red and straight grained, and possesses a satiny finish. Pattern is occasionally figured with distinctive markings. The best of this timber grows in the western Appalachian region of the United States.

Kewazinga Bubinga
A very large West African timber, with many of the characteristics of rosewood. Distinguished by its red color streaked with dark purple, and its conspicuous pores, Kewazinga Bubinga is highly valued for architectural and design woodwork, and fine cabinetry.

Santos Rosewood
Found in Belize, this valuable wood has characteristic large pores that are exceedingly irregular both in size and position. The various shades of dark brown range from chocolate to violet, with conspicuous black streaks.

East Indian Rosewood
Used in the most prized furniture, East Indian Rosewood is a decorative and distinctive wood. Dark brown to ebony in color, it is often streaked with red or yellow. The pattern features small to medium pores in wavy lines, with occasional crotches and swirls. Found only in southern India and Sri Lanka.

Macassar Ebony
Also known as French Rosewood, Macassar Ebony is endemic to the island of Sulawesi in the East Indies. An extremely valued wood, it is often used for inlays and other ornamental work. The color ranges from dark brown to black, with many of the logs streaked with yellowish brown or gray. Grain markings are fine and very indistinct.

Figured Sapele
This beautiful dark red-brown wood is distinguished by its stripe and "bee's wing" pattern. The grain varies considerably, with highly lustrous light stripes. Figured Sapele is found in Nigeria and the African Ivory Coast, and is highly prized as a decorative veneer.

African Pommelé
Also known as Pommelé Sapele, this exquisite wood is prized for its rich colors and patterns. Dark reddish brown or purplish brown, African Pommelé has a lustrous, wavy, uniform figuring. Native to the highland forests of south-central Africa.