Most brides are definitely interested in registering fine china when signing-up for their wedding gift registry - it is really a must have for the holidays, formal meals and can also serve you well for everyday use. Fine china has been treasured for many years for its elegance and beauty, but what many people don't know is that, it is strong enough to be used everyday.
Porcelain, otherwise known as fine chine, has been produced in the Orient since the earliest periods of civilization, and started in Europe a little over 200 years ago.
Fine China is the ultimate in dinnerware and its composed of kaolin, quartz and feldspar, making a fine clay that produces a hard and an extremely durable finished product.
It is then fired in a kiln at very high temperatures to make it nonporous, hard, smooth and give it that beautiful glass-like appearance. When you're registering fine china, look for dinnerware that is truly translucent: When holding a dinner plate up to the light and passing your hand behind it, you should see your hand's shadow. This translucency is not only treasured, but it is also an indicator of truly fine china.
Another kind of fine dinnerware is bone china. Bone china is a porcelain that is made harder with the addition of animal ash, mostly derived from ox bone, which has been ground to a fine powder, this process makes the clay extremely white, its most important quality.
As you visit your local department stores, you will notice that fine dinnerware prices are quoted in five piece settings that include one of each of the following: dinner, salad and bread-and-butter plates, and a cup and saucer. This is usually the easiest and most economical way for making purchases. There are times when you will be able to buy china as "open stock" and this refers to individual pieces, so that you can customize what you decide to buy, or add pieces to your set at a latter time. This is also a great opportunity for you to stock-up on replacement pieces without having to spend an arm and a leg latter on, for a product that is now discontinued. I've seen replacement pieces that are no longer being produced in the market sell for $200.00 a piece and up, ouch! So be sure to include extra pieces in your wedding registry when registering fine china.
Every bride needs dinnerware in her wedding registry. It might be a little overwhelming when you see all of the different patterns and colors. but, realize that these options can be added later on, for now, a good neutral starter set that you can use for just about any occasion would be the best choice to begin with. So take your time, browse through all of the possibilities you can find and when you find a set that blows your mind away, make sure to tell the sales rep that you are registering fine china too!