While I see this post is old, I still managed to find it after all these years.
I have had Belgique cookware for 21 years now. Began Cooking in HS after researching with my Home Ec teacher on quality cookware. Love the stuff. Mine does not have the copper bottom but the stainless/copper and some nickle. Its been a while, but they still look great if you take care of them.
I plan on doing research again to see what might be better out on the market, but I will probably buy my daughter a set.