Traditional table setting

Credits: Photograph by Bob Hiemstra, styling by Sam Cook

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In classic patterns, modest bands of gold rim the edges of plates and glassware, and symmetrical floral designs are set off by a white background.

If you are going to invest in china service, "nothing equals the lush warmth of a table set with gold adorned china," says Meryl Gold of Michael C. Fina Co. Pick what you love, she advises, then be sure to use it often, for more than just fancy occasions. "Even pizza tastes better when you eat it off a gold plate."

Pictured above:
  1. Brass dome, Burke's Antiques
  2. Vera Lace Gold salad plate, Vera Wang at Wedgwood
  3. Rivoli decanter, Baccarat
  4. Golden Inspirations salad plate, Sears
  5. Victoria Strawberry Gold bread-and-butter plate, Minton
  6. and 21. Laetitia salad fork and spoon by Odiot, Bergdorf Goodman
  7. and 20. Elysée dinner fork and knife by Puiforcat, Bergdorf Goodman
  8. Splendor di Tavola buffet plate, Villeroy & Boch
  9. Westchester dinner plate, Lenox
  10. Geranium dish, William Yeoward Crystal
  11. Place-card holder, Smythson of Bond Street
  12. Vetro Gold tumbler, Arte Italica
  13. Lady Hamilton champagne flute, Moser
  14. Gold Optic wineglass by Nason & Moretti, Bergdorf Goodman
  15. Saltcellar by Buccellati, Michael C. Fina
  16. Cup and saucer, Bernardaud
  17. and 26. Antique Baroque forks and cake server, Wallace Silversmiths
  18. Gosford dinner plate, William Yeoward Crystal
  19. and 27. Arabian Nights dinner plate and cake plate, both Meissen (Michael C. Fina)
  20. Tablecloth and napkin, E. Braun & Co.
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