This is a real rose (12") preserved in lacquer and trimmed in 24k Gold. Each flower is picked fresh at the peak of its beauty, formed and crafted by hand (to remove thorns, extra leaves, petals, etc.), and electroplated with a secret technique. You can still see the veins in the petals and leaves. It takes 3-6 months and more than 50 steps to complete one piece, making each one unique and meaningful. The rose comes in a gift box. It's a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.