Sterling silver, stainless steel, golden, modern or traditional flatware sets? It is better to reflect on this issue before you decide to pay.
You can, obviously, purchase perfectly useable cutlery cheaply and easily at most retail stores as well as housewares stores. But in case you think it is time to upgrade to something a bit more glamorous, then take into account how much you want to invest, the type of design that you like and finally, how many place settings you will need.
Flatware sets can vary from $10 to $20,000.
Therefore you should definitely fix your financial budget before you start shopping. Be aware that if you choose a design that can be found in single pieces, you can always add to your service piece by piece, and this can be a more affordable method to build your collection.
What Material Should I Choose
There are actually three standard options: stainless steel, silver plate and sterling silver, the last one is usually made to order. Each one has its own advantages, but price varies significantly.
80% of cutlery is 18/10 stainless steel, an alloy of iron with chrome and nickel created to make it corrosion resistant. This combination make these utensils suitable for use in dishwashers, therefore they are convenient for everyday use. Stainless-steel flatware generally is available in a wider range of designs and styles than silver-plated cutlery.
Silver does not react with most foods and is also resistant to staining and corrosion, therefore it is particularly well suited for cutlery. On the other hand, since it is a soft metal, it is not suitable for knife blades, which will be made from stainless steel, except for the antique pieces. Both sterling silver and plated cutlery will need polishing from time to time.
The design you select is, obviously based on your personal style and taste. Choosing cutlery is a very personal thing. Most individuals like heavier cutlery, but it is all about personal preference. If you opt for a contemporary design, keep in mind that modern pieces should still be easy to use. The feel of the cutlery is extremely important – flatware must be functional and also stylish.
Think about how well the design will stand the test of time, as there is no point spending money if it is going to look out dated in a few years. If a model is discontinued then it is going to be challenging to source extra items as replacements or accessories to build on your own collection. To prevent this, choose a modern classic such this Ginkgo International collection.
There is a pattern in this collection for everyone. This flatware set offers a wide array of aesthetics to complement every table top and decor. All flatware patterns in this collection are made of Stainless 18/0.
The Ginkgo International offers a range of finishes as well; All Satin, Hammered, Mirror, and the extremely polished Full Mirror. No matter your taste, you will find the flatware that you will want to use every day for the rest of your life. Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for. For 30 years, Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please even the most discerning customer.
Ginkgo International Ltd. was founded in 1977 by Wes and Janet Helmick. Their goal was to bring to the market original, quality flatware designs at the best possible price. Family-owned and operated since 1977, Ginkgo International designs quality products that are “made for your life.” Now a second generation family business, Ginkgo continues to offer consumers the highest quality flatware and cutlery products at the best possible value.
- 42-Piece charlie flatware place setting by ginkgo international, service for 8
- Set includes 8 each: salad forks, dinner forks, dinner knives, dinner spoons, and teaspoons, as well as two solid serving spoons
- Made of 18/10 stainless steel with a mirror finish
- Modern, clean handle squares off at the end
- Dishwasher safe; avoid prolonged exposure to water or acidic foods to prevent spotting
More information on flatware sets is available here.
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