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Falling for Fine China

March 17, 2010

A few months ago, we Macy’s to start our first registry. We had a lot of fun, but boy was it time consuming! We spent two hours there and only registered for 18 items! One of my favorite parts of registering was looking at all the pretty china patterns! I definitely want to get some fine china, but it’s going to be a tough decision. Here are some of the patterns I liked so far (all images courtesy of Macys.com):

Picture 1Royal Doulton “Everlasting” – this was Mr. Jelly’s favorite and I liked it a lot too. It’s simple and I like the little knot detail around the rim (it might be hard to see in this picture but look at the center of the teacup rim). From Macy’s website: “Delicate chains and polished platinum bands put the finishing touches on premium bone china dinnerware from Royal Doulton. Classic and understated, Everlasting is the ultimate accessory for today’s formal tables.”

Picture 2Lenox “Opal Innocence” “This classically designed line of dinnerware is accented by a platinum rim and a delicate flourish of vine-like white-on-white imprints with raised, iridescent enamel dots.” It’s very pretty and slightly bridal-y. A nice way to commemorate your wedding, methinks.

Picture 3Mikasa “Parchment”“Clean, cool and marked by an understated elegance, Mikasa’s Parchment fine china dinnerware features a soft gray border embellished by an intricate scroll design. Accented by inner and outer borders of platinum. Dishwasher safe.” What was that? Dishwasher safe? Hmm…

Picture 4Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton  “Etoile Platinum” – so maybe I can’t afford a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress, but how about some Lhuillier fine china?  I don’t like the teacups or teapot though – let’s just say the shape is not my cup of tea. :( “Taking cues from her renowned bridal gowns, designer Monique Lhullier presents this fresh, fanciful and delicately detailed dinnerware collection. In sparkling pearlescent china, each border features three rows of glossy raised dots and a fine stitch-like pattern. In a sophisticated, neutral linen hue.”

Picture 5Martha Stewart Collection for Wedgwood “French Knot” – I love the teacup on this set. So vintage and adorable. “This lacey design was inspired by an antique transferware place setting. The innovation of copperplate engraving was ‘transferred’ to pottery in the 18th and 19th centuries, newly allowing fine details to be rendered on ceramic glazes. The luminous fine china French Knot dinner plates are encircled with delicate filagree patterned bands. Accent plates are intricately laced with a border-wide network of tiny filagree dots, like a deft hand-embroidery, or an exquisite Tønder lace.”

Picture 6Royal Doulton “Precious Platinum” – This one is my favorite right now.  I like how it’s modern yet timeless. I also love how you can buy different colored accent plates for this set. “Set a sumptuous table with luxurious Precious Platinum dinnerware. Intertwining platinum lines and raised, dotted accents create a sophisticated, segmented design.”

Those were just my favorites from Macy’s. Who knows what will happen when I visit other stores! Are you registering for fine china? What pattern did you pick, and why?

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