After lusting after this pan for six months, I used birthday money and bought it. When it arrived, it was as pretty as it looks in the picture. Maybe even prettier. It's heavy, though. As in so heavy that you need to take a breath and mentally brace yourself before you lift it when full. And I lift weights. Also, you can't use metal spoons and, big problem, metal immersion blenders as the top lip has a tendency to chip. I've chipped two little bits already because I use my immersion blender with it every time. It's why I bought the pot, after all. And if all it does it chip the lip a little tiny bit once in a while, I'll live with that. It's amazing. The best part is, once you lift the beast into the sink, it cleans up like magic. Seriously. I enjoy browning my veggies, sometimes too much, and when there's a thick clump of stuff stuck on the bottom, you just scrub a little bit and it's gone without a trace. It's a big momma, though, and when buying gifts for family, I bought the four quart version. It's big, pretty, and easier to handle. I like this one, even with the heft, as I can use it as a stock pot and never run out of room.