Don't be afraid to use this trivet for its intended use. Although it's a piece of art, it's also a useful tool that can support hot pans and plates atop the counter or table. But its uses don't end there. This piece is wonderful on the wall or door, as a centerpiece holding fresh fruit or herbs, or surrounding a vase. Cast from the leaves of Laurus nobilis, you'll be ready to Hail Caesar as the occasion demands. Pewter is the base metal and is finished with bronze over copper. Everchanging shimmers of light from different angles is a subtle marvel. Outside diameter about 6.5", inside diameter about 3".