These are a good example of how Chinese glass is moving forward. The quality gets better and better and as their skills develop you will undoubtedly start seeing very fine examples to rival the famous names in the future.
The paperweight market is growing and is multi-level. There is room for everybody, from the serious collector down to the person who just likes pretty things. If you add up all the paperweights that have been made in the world in the last ten years, everybody you know should have at least 17. So where are they? Surely Leni and Ray can't have them all hidden away?!
Everything is relative. Some people would prefer to own a second home and not drive an expensive car. Others drive a Porsche and live in a one room apartment. Some people would buy a Clichy paperweight. Others would regard that as a ridiculous expense, since the same purpose can be achieved with a so-called inferior and less expensive weight of the same size.
Some people will pay ¬£500 for a bottle of wine, others will pay¬£5. It's essentially the same drink, with the same volume and arguably the same effect. Should we to teach children only to drink Chateau Lafite?
But what if we follow the logical conclusion? We are going to be in big trouble, because there just aren't enough "good" paperweights by Whitefriars, Ysart, Perthshire, Baccarat, Clichy and so on to go around!! As more people start collecting things can only get worse.
Hypothetically speaking, if we were talking stocks and shares here, I think there is an interesting pattern. Someone seems to be trying to force up the prices of a certain type of stock by talking them up, maybe in order to off-load at a profit, while at the same time forcing down the prices of others by dismissing them, so that he can corner the market. Surely this couldn't be happening with paperweights? Or could it?
....Anyhow, sounds like you've got great kids, with great taste, and I reckon that you will get more pleasure out of these paperweights that were chosen carefully with love and affection, than if you won the lottery and could go out and buy any Clichy paperweight.