We were putting together a set of personal dinnerware and were trying to match with the Arcoroc of France. These bowls are not quite as clear as the smaller ones we had. However, they are just fine, work well! We use them for soup, salads, cereal and occasionaly a serving bowl. We were trying to put together a large enough set for our big family. 36 was a bit many to have to order, wish 24 had been offered.