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What to Look for in Sterling Silver Flatware

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A quality sterling silverware set can become a wonderful family heirloom and make a statement at holiday celebrations, but you want to be sure you stick to these expert tips before choosing to ensure it’s the best fit. 

Look for Silver Quantity

One of the first things you may notice on a silverware piece is the numbering. Sterling silver has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a 7.5 percent content of nickel and/or copper. Why? Completely pure silver items can actually be too soft and malleable, making it very easy to damage or even misshapen during use. By adding other metals to the mix the pieces can last for much longer, making them even more valuable. 

To see what number your silverware has, check for the stamp located on the stem or base of the item. If you see the word sterling, it may also mean that the product is made with this concentration of silver, copper, and nickel. 

If you still aren’t sure, because the pieces are antique or come from another country, ask an expert to help test the piece and determine its metal quantities. They will be able to perform an acid test to help determine the percentage of each metal in your pieces. 

Make Sure It’s Substantially Weighted

The weight of your pieces is also highly influential when calculating its overall value. If you have the opportunity, hold each piece in your hand and see how it feels. It should be only slightly heavy and very sturdy. 

Each utensil should balance elegantly in your hands as you use them. Imagine you are at a celebration with your loved ones, how would you feel eating soup, cutting meats, and grabbing bits of salad as you used these pieces? Avoid anything that feels hollow or overly weighted, as they will create an awkward feel while eating. 

Find a Pattern That Appeals to You

If you’re planning on keeping the set a long time, you want to choose something that appeals to your tastes. Many people may think of sterling silver sets as too traditional, but there are many modern and unique pattern options to really set your tableware apart. 

Also keep in mind your dishes and other decor elements so everything remains cohesive. The most popular choices are ornate, modern, baguette, and shell. Each has its variations to suit any home aesthetic! 

Choose a Reputable Designer/Manufacturer

If you want to ensure your set is of the highest quality, buy from the most trusted companies like Gorham, Christofle, Reed & Barton, Towle, and Wallace. Each of these enterprises have been in business for a long time and are recognized for their consistency and world-class materials. Their pieces will also come with a warranty in case you find any defaults or need repairs.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can begin by browsing at Silver Superstore. We have been silver experts since 1996 and regularly supply well-priced and high-quality pieces available in every pattern. 

Silver Serving Trays: A Centerpiece for Every Table

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Silver Serving Trays

Hosting a holiday meal, a gala for clients, or a summer brunch on the deck of a lakeside home can be made all the more sublime with accouterments that highlight your own style. Your personal refinement will be revealed to your guests when you gracefully wand gravy across rich meats with an embossed silver ladle, deftly pour Lady Grey tea into the delicate cups of an ornate tea set, or carry in afternoon mimosas in crystal flutes on a silver serving tray. The serving pieces that make a party or event feel special have never gone out of style.

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Christmas Items From Silver Superstore

Before you know it, there will be a noticeable nip in the air. The changing leaves will usher in Thanksgiving, and the proverbial silver bells will ring in Christmas.

Make this holiday memorable with gifts, ornaments and table settings that will be treasured for generations to come. Silver Superstore has a wide variety of unique keepsakes, and our custom engraving service will make them deeply personal.

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Baguette Flatware: From Colonial Williamsburg to the Bistros of France

Baguette Flatware: From Colonial Williamsburg to the Bistros of France

Baguette flatware is a simple yet elegant style silverware that you can use casually or in a formal setting. It is characterized by the teardrop shaped handle and a long ridge running down the middle. This contemporary style flatware dates back more than a century in Europe and back to colonial times in America. It is currently used in fine bistros throughout France. Due to its huge popularity, there are many manufactures that make Baguette silverware. They are most commonly made in a continental or European size and medium to heavy in weight.

At Silver Superstore, we offer a variety of options of Baguette flatware for any budget. Here are our most popular patterns. Prices listed are for a service for 12 people.

 

Budget Friendly:

Bastille by D&V

Baguette Flatware - Bastille by FortessaFortessa’s D&V line of flatware is an excellent choice for those looking for good quality at an affordable price! In addition, they have a few extra pieces to complete your set that you won’t find in many other lines of silverware. The Bastille pattern has appetizer/cake forks, bouillon spoons, butter knives, dessert knives,  and espresso spoons! This pattern is high quality 18/10 stainless steel and sure to spruce up your dining table.

Weight: This pattern Weight is 279 grams (279 grams per place setting)

 

Blaine by Wallace

Baguette Flatware - Blaine by WallaceBlaine silverware is crafted of quality 18/10 grade stainless flatware. It is made for everyday use and is therefore dishwasher safe. Its traditional colonial design features a ridge down the middle of the handles, with the exception of the knife. For entertaining and ease in the kitchen, basic serving pieces are available in this pattern.

Weight: This pattern Weight is 334 grams (334 grams per place setting)

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BEAUTIFUL CHRISTOFLE FLATWARE NOW AVAILABLE!

We are proud to be one of the newest retailers of fine Christofle Flatware. Made in France since the 1830’s, the House of Christofle has some of the most beautiful flatware patterns available in Silverplate, Stainless, and Sterling Silver.

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Christofle Mood Flatware

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The 24pc service for 6 in Christofle Mood is housed in a Mirror Finished Egg shaped capsule with a walnut disk to hold the pieces and will truly standout in your kitchen or dining area.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lenox named Most Recommended Brand by women

Congratulations to Lenox for this prestigious award!lenox-womens-award-300x216

As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. is delighted to honor Lenox with the 2014 Women’s Choice Award® seal. This award designation is based on a national survey of thousands of women across America who were asked to select the brands they would most highly recommend to others.

“The Women’s Choice Award program works to raise awareness among consumers about which brands are most recommended by women and to honor those brands,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder. “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, companies like Lenox signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices.”

According to a 2012 Fleishman Hillard Study, today’s U.S. female consumer values the opinion of others and over half of all women consider one of their roles to be that of a broadcaster, responsible for helping others make smart choices. It is not surprising that major brands, like Lenox, now focus on delivering a customer experience women will love. The Women’s Choice Award has set the standard for helping women make smarter choices by identifying the brands most recommended and trusted by women, along with those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience.

ABOUT WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®

The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter purchasing choices. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience.

Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Women are surveyed on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women. The award provides women with a collective voice. Women can visit the official website at www.WomensChoiceAward.com and join the network to make their preferences heard, and contribute to the mission of a million voices strong.

ABOUT LENOX CORPORATION®

Lenox Corporation is the unrivaled authority on home entertaining today with collections of fine bone china, casual dinnerware, crystal stemware, stainless flatware, entertaining serveware, and an incredible array of gifts and collectibles. The company is celebrating a landmark 125th anniversary in 2014 and markets its products primarily under the Lenox, Donna Karan Lenox, Marchesa by Lenox, kate spade new york, Dansk and Gorham brands.

Superior artistry and craftsmanship make Lenox the premiere market destination for bridal, entertaining, and all occasion gift giving. Proud of its status as an American company, Lenox is the only manufacturer of fine bone china in the United States and has been chosen to provide the White House dinnerware for numerous presidential services.