I have been looking for a set of teacups for a more "formal" tea service, like for a fancy brunch or on the sabbath. I searched everywhere, believe me, and ultimately found these - and they're perfect! They are a gorgeous, light porcelean that is sturdy but delicate, and the perfect size and shape for a cup of tea. We just used them for the first time this weekend and they made quite an impression. They definitely elevate the tea drinking experience, so if you're considering purchasing them, don't hesitate!