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A guide to buying fine china dinnerware

Buying fine china dinnerware may be daunting to some, especially first-time buyers who do not know much about what they want and are faced with so many beautiful choices. Then comes the price which may be overwhelming compared to regular dinnerware. Learn more about what to consider when buying elegant china dinnerware.

Characteristics of fine china

Many people like having a casual set of dinnerware for everyday use and another set for formal
get-togethers, fine dining or dinner parties. Design Everyday china are usually bought for their casual look. On the other hand, fine china dinnerware are of a more delicate style, usually more expensive with fine china patterns which are attractive and artistic with rims of platinum or gold. Fine china are considered investments because they can last a lifetime and can be passed on from generation to generation. Choosing a design that one will love for a long time can be overwhelming. So, one can start with a basic set with a plain, subdued pattern and accentuate or complement with brighter patterns on other smaller pieces such as saucers or dessert plates. Durability

Dinnerware for everyday use should be durable enough to resist minor cracks and chips and will not easily shatter if dropped. However, fine china plates are lighter than everyday dinnerware. So, it is important to know whether they are dishwasher or microwave safe.

Buying guide

Buying by piece or by set Fine china may be sold by piece or by the place setting. Fine china sets include a dinner plate, cup and saucer, along with salad plates while bowls may be sold separately. Everyday china settings consist of a dinner plate, cereal bowl and a salad plate but its cups and saucers are sold per piece. Prices Prices for fine china pieces range depend on the patterns, number of pieces and manufacturers quality. Some manufacturers might stop making a certain pattern and you may not be able to replace certain items in case they might break or chip. Noritake fine china Noritake is an international icon for high quality dinnerware since 1904. With its superior craftsmanship, creativity, and perfect attention to details, Noritake boast of different products like Xavier Gold Noritake bone china, ivory porcelain china and white porcelain china. Mikasa fine china Mikasa is another manufacturer of elegant, durable and luxurious china dinnerware. Traditional fine china are in sets of blue and white china with graceful hand-painted blue brush strokes offering luxury at its finest. Reference Dinnerwarefinechina.com

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