A friend told me about Cavicchi about 15 years ago, he had purchased a few, including a Diamante, a simply gorgeous pipe.
About 14 years ago I was contemplating getting married. I figured if I was going to shell out $thousands for a diamond ring I ought to at least get myself a Diamante. At the time there was a seller on from Italy that was selling Cavicchis, he went by the name of Pinter. I told him I was in the market for a Diamante and he kept his eye out for one. I got it a few months later, a large, perfectly cut, straight grained, plateau topped Dublin that came with a lucite stem and a true amber stem, and a 18K gold band, a fitting smoke for a wedding. I also got a 1C in the shipment.
I never got married so I never lit up the Diamante, still new in the box. I hear they are incredibly rare now, only a couple a year get made and the price has tripled. The 1C is a great pipe that's in my regular rotation, just a wonderfully designed and executed pipe.
"Lady Bracknell: ...Do you smoke?
Ernest: Well, yes I must admit I smoke.
Lady Bracknell: I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind."