The customer wanted a bright silvery ring on the piece so I used SS. I'm a fan of red metals but I think the dyed pieces look better when they're solid wood. The metal accents are a bit of a distraction for me. I think I will offer some more of these dyed pieces in the future. The vivid colour does the grain justice. @ArthurJ I like the patina you've got going on with the first stem. It also looks like the Cherry has gotten darker since I last saw it.