The holiday season gives us the chance to spend quality time with friends and family, especially during holiday dinners. Setting a formal table for Thanksgiving or Christmas is a nice way to make the meals special. If you are unfamiliar with the traditional customs for setting a table, you may feel unsure where to start. However, setting the table for a holiday meal is not as difficult as it may sound.
Napkin or serviette rings were originally used to categorize napkins between their weekly washes. Normal everyday use napkins rings were simple and made of skewers. In America, napkin rings generally had figures on them. These figural rings became a specialty of theirs. Napkin rings were invented by the middle class in Europe and they made their first appearance in the 1800s in France. The custom of using these rings soon spread to all the western countries. Most of the napkin rings that date back to the 19th century were either made from silver or were silver plated. However other materials like pearl embroidery, wood, bone, glass and porcelain were also used. The 20th century brought with it the use of newer materials like Bakelite. Today napkin rings have become collector items.
An excellent gift for a special occasion
Silver napkin rings make excellent gifts. Besides being elegant additions to the dining table they can be personalized making them excellent gift choices for occasions like weddings and christenings. You can choose from a wide variety of silver napkin rings. Because they have now become a collector’s item, you will find plenty of choices online. You will have a choice of both plain and fancy napkin rings. However you must remember to choose your napkin ring depending on whether or not you want to engrave it. Engraving might not be possible on all designs. If you choose to gift silver napkin rings as a set, then it is usually done in fours, sixes, eights, tens or twelve. This article will give you an idea of some of the basic types of silver napkin rings that are available.
The basket weave silver napkin ring
Basket weave napkin rings are usually made out of solid sterling silver. This design is a reproduction of the original collectible and is widely available. Its delicate weave sets it apart from all other silver napkins ring and is a sure shot way to add that extra charm to your table layout. These silver basket weave napkin rings cannot be engraved. However you can still gift them as a set.
The standard silver napkin ring
The most common of the silver napkin rings that you will find in the market or even online are the standard napkin rings. These rings are generally of a plain finish and can be made completely out of sterling silver or they can even be silver plated. You will find these napkin rings available in the basic geometric shapes like circular, square, rectangular, oval, octagonal etc. Some of these silver napkin rings even come with a bit of design on the edges like a rope design for example. If you are planning on getting the napkin rings that you buy engraved, then these kinds of rings would make an ideal choice.
Repousse silver napkin rings
Repousse silver napkin rings make great gifts. If you have seen one, then you will know why. These silver napkin rings are made out of solid sterling silver and weigh between 20 and 25 grams. The Repousse design whether it is only on the edge or on the entire napkin ring gives it an ornate look. If you are looking for a gift for a special occasion then this would be a great choice. You can even get these napkin rings personalized by engraving them.