My dad had been telling me for years that he wanted a gazing ball for his little circular flower garden in his front yard. So last year for Father's Day, I bought him a silver-colored one. I looked for a while and then purchased one at PlowandHearth.com.
The price was reasonable and the materials seemed to be perfect. I had thought about a glass gazing ball. However, you have to be careful that you bring those in when the weather turns cold because they could crack or break. The stainless steel version I bought does not have that problem. You can leave it out all winter if you want.
Why didn't I give it a five in the materials rating you ask? Well, I did not realize the actual weight of the ball. The website did not give out that information. When I got the ball, I discovered it was incredibly light. So light, my dad was afraid it might blow away. I really doubt it would, but he was almost scared to put it outside. I also got him a little low stand for it to sit in, so it is a bit more secure. I think it looks very nice in his little flower garden.
I'm mostly happy with this piece of decor, but I do wish it had been a bit heavier.