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Here’s a peak at some of our favorite photos from the Bitayavon Magazine + Silver Spoon photoshoot:

Dinnerware: Lattice Gold by Nikko; Napkin Jewels Band by L’Object

Spice Jewels by L’Object; Vases by Tozai

Dinnerware: Floral Majesty by Lenox; Bowl: Agean Gold by L’Objet; Napkin Ring: Topaz Blossom by Bodrum

 Aegean by L’Objet

Dinner and Salad Plates: Laque De Chine by Haviland; Accent Plate: Floral Majesty by Lenox

As the summer draws to a close, New York City becomes a hive of activity for the 2012 Fashion Week. Curious eyes hungrily take it all in, as everyone is excited to see what the styles and colors will be for the upcoming year. Reviewing the photos, we immediately picked up on a beautiful trend, across various runways Deep Jewel Tones stood out amongst the rest.

Gucci Deep Jewel Tones, NYC fashion week.

Gucci Deep Jewel Tones, NYC fashion week.

For us, runway translates into tableware, and dishes in gorgeous ways. Try blues in your crystal, eggplant purple and burgundy contrasting crisp white china, and sapphire greens serveware to infuse your table with colors worthy of royalty. Here are some magnificent takes on some of fall’s most fashionable colors:

Color Studio Blue/Gold by Mikasa

We love this modern take on the classic navy

L'objet Napkin Holder.

Pair this gilded L'object Napkin Holder with clean white linens for an easy way to bring this season's ombres, dusty blue and olive green to the table.

Araglin Prestige Cobalt Bowl by Waterford

Go all out with this ruby bowl by Waterford

Pantone, the official “color people” have picked Honeysuckle to be the color of the year, it was chosen to represent optimism and confidence in these stressful and trying times. It is a pink that is playful without overwhelming, whether it is in fine china in your dining room or a sofa in your living room. Here are some samples of Honeysuckle done right:

Honeysuckle AccentsIf you’re worried about going overboard with the pink, Honeysuckle can be used as the perfect accent color. It fits comfortably with a broad range of colors including neutrals such as grey, taupe, beige, tans and caramel as well as black and white. Try Honeysuckle in napkins, chargers, and candleholders, as seen above.

Lenox Floral Fusion

Lenox Floral Fusion

Lenox incorporated Honeysuckle quite beautifully with their Floral Fusion pattern that can be used during any season to leave you feeling summery.

Petite Fleur Pink pattern If Honeysuckle is a bit much for your tastes, here are some tamer versions of pink tableware. Shown are: pink glass iced tea goblets in the Arlington pattern by Mosser. Cup and saucer in the Petite Fleur Pink pattern by Laura Ashley for Johnson Brothers, vintage dinner plate in the Lollipop pattern, Pastelle line, by Mikasa, and Somebunny mug by Hallmark.

Nothing makes us happier than to see our favorite designers getting the attention they deserve That’s why we were super excited to see Annieglass’s “Edgey” dish looking beautiful in the Dining Section of the New York Times. Not only, does Annieglass churn out breathtaking glasswork masterpieces time and again, but we love their take on social responsibility and sustainability too.

Annieglass Fine Dinnerware

Annieglass featured in the NYT Dining Section

Hop on over to our site to see our full line of Annieglass creations.

Or click here to read the full article over at New York Times.

Every once in a while you come across something so startling beautiful, so completely different than anything you’ve ever seen before that it makes you stop in wonder. Prouna‘s breathtaking take on fine china and dinnerware is definitely one of those things. A short five years ago, back in 2005 Prouna discovered a how to bond Swarovski Crystals to fine bone china in a way that is so secure, that, get this, makes it dishwasher safe. In fact, they are so confident in their new method of bonding that they guarantee the crystals will last through the life of the piece.

The Stunning Prouna Jewelry Princess Collection

So what does this magical dinnerware look like? Exactly like a fairy crashed straight into a pirate carrying a treasure chest of precious jewels. In other words, a luxury dinnerware collection that is at once intricate but simple, modern yet fairytale worthy, and of course, each one sparkles with just the right touch of Swarovski Crystals.

Prouna Jewelry Persia Collection

Prouna Jewelry Persia Collection

In addition to their jewelery collections, Prouna also has some gorgeous handpainted pieces that make functional dinnerware a work of art.  Fusing form and function, Prouna has taken on the fine china industry already cluttered with amazing designers and comes out a winner each time.

Handpainted Prouna Selene Collection

Handpainted Prouna Selene Collection

In celebration of the Silver Spoon Store’s 10th Anniversary, we’re kicking off a series of Top Ten posts to showcase what we’ve learned in our 10 years in the industry.

As America’s leading tabletop and giftware brand, it’s no surprise that Lenox comes first to mind when thinking of quality dinnerware. Over 120 years old, Lenox has spend the last century building a reputation on its gorgeous collection of dinnerware, flatware and tabletop accessories, made of quality materials and beautiful design. With that, we present the best of the best with the  Top Ten Lenox Dinnerware Patterns:

#1 Opal Innocence

#2 Vintage Jewel

#3 Autumn

#4 Bellina Gold

#5 Pearl Innocence

#6 Chirp

#7 Butterfly Meadow

#8 Gilded Tapestry

#9 Floral Waltz

#10 Antiquity

Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton "Femme Fatale"

Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton "Femme Fatale"

Do you know what happens when celebrity fashion designer Monique Lhuillier teams up with dinnerware powerhouse Royal Doulton? Magical things, naturally.

In this stunning collaboration of fine dinnerware, Lhuillier translates her elaborate wedding dress creations into dinnerware that blends luxury, glamour and sophistication in an effort “to inspire the modern woman to use fashionable tableware everyday!”

Our favorite from the collection is the “Femme Fatale” that is at once sultry and sophisticated, carrying a raised croc pattern in a warm pearlescent grey rimmed with bright platinum band. The rich yet neutral tones set against pure white centers are subtle and timeless, while the fashionable motif makes the look “très chic.”

The Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton collection carries the tagline: “Life is short, use good china.” We couldn’t agree more.

Want to see Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton? Check out these great patterns: Atelier, Charms, Dentelle, and Modern Love.

When it comes to stemware and fine china dinnerware, the options are as endless as your menu selections. Sure using the “right” glasses can seem a little trivial, but if you’re trying to plan a dinner or cocktail party to impress, using the right glassware is crucial. For instance, you wouldn’t want to serve your boss, who graciously came over to your cocktail party, wine in a champagne flute. It’s just tacky! If you’re a little in the dark about which glasses coordinate to which drink, here’s the rundown:

-Highball/Cocktail glass: I always used these as juice glasses until I realized that they were specifically for mixed drinks. It’s straight sided and about 12 to 14 oz.

-Old Fashioned Glass: Also knows as a rocks glass, these are short with rounded sides and are typically 8 to oz. If you’re serving liquor with no mixers, or just a splash of a mixer, it should go in one of these. They are also used for specific types of cocktails like Black Russians, Brown cows, and Old Fashions.

-Wine Glass: This might seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people don’t realize that there are two types of wine glasses—one for reds and one for whites. Red wine glasses are a little larger with a bigger bowl that sort of gradually tapers in at the top. White wine glasses are taller and have a thinner stem.

For the best selection of glasses, stemware, and luxurious Gorham silverware visit SilverSpoonStore.com!

I was invited to an old friend’s wedding a few months ago, and was on the fence about going. It was in Florida, which meant that I would have to fly there and find a hotel, but I really wanted to catch up with my old college friends, and spending the weekend on the beach sounded pretty nice too. I decided to go at the last minute, and was going over my flight info the week before when I realized I had to get her some gifts for bridal shower and a wedding gift! In a panic, I went online to my favorite place to get fine china dinnerware—Silverspoonstore.com.

They have a great selection of bridal gifts for unbelieveable prices. I ended up getting her the Bellina by Lenox Frame, the Bellina by Lenox Ringholder and the Floating Hearts by Lenox Champagne Flutes. They were shipped to my apartment before I left for the trip which was such a relief. She ended up loving my gifts and everyone at the shower was asking where I found such great stuff. Since there’s no sense in keeping a great place like SilverspoonStore.com a secret, I told them all about my favorite site!