When choosing the best glass shade for an antique fixture, it really comes down to visual preference. Some lamp owners like a sleek spear cut to elongate the appearance of the fixture. Other lamp owners may prefer a rounder cut glass cover, such as melon student lamp shades, to add a more traditional look to their favorite lighting. These lamp shades get their name from the shape of the shade. They are known to feature a large, smooth surface with panels expanding the entire scope of the shade. With their popularity peaking in the early 1900’s, melon student lamp shades make for an obvious choice for many antique lamps. Much like their ribbed glass shade counterparts, these melon-shaped shades should have evenly spaced panels of equal sizing and uneven gaps along the dome. They should also be made with a smooth bottom for the placement of the fitter or shade holder.