I absolutely adore this Kate Spade collection, but my husband get's all the credit for finding it. As a Navy officer the Library Lane pattern had a nautical theme that my husband was instantly drawn to. He selected this pattern for our registry and convinced me that we needed to have a full set of this china pattern on top of the china we received as a gift from my grandmother. Fortunately the navy blue and gold stripes are simple enough that they mesh with the set of 1950's era gold star china I have, so at bigger dinner parties we can use both sets together. The gold on the Kate Spade plates is not overly shiny. It has a muted appearance to it that stops fingerprints from showing while still retaining it's regal appearance. It's also part of the reason that they look so nice with my vintage pieces. Each place setting came in a sturdy pink Kate Spade box with packaging that is easy to re-pack after use. If you plan on moving, and you have space, keep all of the boxes and package material. Not one of our plates, cups, or saucers broke in the move.