Not that I own even ONE glass dildo, but I HAVE been looking, and from what I can see, the price is due to the design, and the exceptional craftsmanship. Glass dildos tend to be a little pricier to begin with...but when you add the fact that there is actual GOLD etched into the design of this particular piece..then the $$$ comes into play. It certainly IS beautiful..and I have NO DOUBT that it is safe (like pretty much ALL of the PYREX glass dildos). So, it all comes down to design. One can purchase a decent glass dildo for about $40.00 U.S., OR..one can purchase a 'work of art' for this price!