These are big, heavy glass plates. I ordered them for use as chargers and they sparkle really nicely under my more formal China. They are so pretty that I have have been using them as big platters to serve more casual meals family style from. People have commented on how beautiful they are. As for packaging - I was scared one or two would arrive cracked so I ordered 14 in total (to have a complete set of 12). To my surprise, they arrived in three separate boxes, looking like 16-inch overstuffed white pillows that were incredibly well taped. We ended up having to buy box cutters to get each open. After opening 10 we declared a break. We had two entire boxes full of packaging materials. Was this excessive? If you consider that not one of them was nicked and my mail service is not known for it's gentle handling, then no. I would order again.
I'm so glad I finally got these chargers. I've been using them weekly for our big family dinner in place of placemats. They are well made and sturdy. They look great with fine china and casual stoneware.
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