This was a really good deal, it is genuine crystal. I have a piece just like it that I received for my 16th birthday. I thought I would have a matched pair, but when I got it home it was about 1/4 inch shorter than my original one. I'm sure one of my DD would love to give it a good home.The shape of this vase was so unique. I polished it as best as I could, but I think that the silver plate has been polished off. It must have been well loved.