This tea pot was the prettiest at the store where I bought it. I love the elegant handle and spout. But within a few months of owning it, the lid fell off while I was pouring tea. It hit the floor and shattered. The worst part was, I had already noticed it didn't fit well and had been trying to prevent just such a thing from occurring. I found a ceramic lid that fit well enough but it never looked right. I also bought this tea pot with a tea light warmer, and it never sat perfectly on that either. The basket for loose tea has incredibly tiny slots. So I find tea infuses more slowly, and sometimes I have to put in more tea to get the same strength as I would in a mesh tea ball. It is pretty to use with blossoming tea, but with weaker teas so little flavor passes through, it is practically tasteless when I use it with my blossoming tiger tea balls. And it is very difficult to clean the little slats, I have to use a high powered water sprayer.