I love the the MS Plate set because you are able to mix and match from the damask print and the solids. It really is a great way to mix classic and modern styles together. So far my dishes have lasted really well, no fading as reported before. Only note is to be careful when placing them in the dishwasher, the black rimmed dishes chip easy.
I bought these dishes about 9 months ago and the Black Band dinner plates are starting to fade (all 12!) to where portions of the black band look like a light blue/purple. Some of the dinner plates chipped rather easily, and no, I do not have small children in the house handling the dishes. This same problem happened to the Lisbon collection pattern as well, that is, the fading of the black to a light blue/purple. I also purchased some dishes in the Geneva pattern, and thankfully these have not had the same problem as the Black Band and Lisbon collection. The Black Band bowls have not yet been affected, but I am not holding my breath. Needless to say, the Black Band and Lisbon plates are going back to the store- POOR PRODUCT!
This set is absolutely gorgeous! I love it. I have bought enough to feed 12 people, which has cost me a little more, but well worth it. The cake plate is huge. It is even better because the glass cover is clear and not cloudy.