This carafe is a good fit for my female grasp and is an easy pour. It is sparkling clear and is neither too large nor too small for 4 diners at the average table.. It does carry the distinctive visible seam of glass but this is a daily use piece, not fine crystal. It's charming and I recommend it and I hope the world will rally to protect the health of honeybees too.
Don't like the seam. It's my understanding that quality glassware doesn't have a seam (could be wrong), and for the price, I thought this would be nicer than what you get at discount stores for much cheaper. Without the seam I would love it.
Worth the extra money - looks very durable although the lip of any carafe is susceptible to chipping. I've found any carafe to be hand wash only if I want it to remain intact. The only downside is the vertical line running from top to bottom in La Rochere designs. But it's also part of the charm. The bees make a fine conversation piece and the carafe looks impressive on the table. I only wish they had the bee available in a 24 oz size, too.