In the decade since we launched as Argyle Gifts, we have learned a LOT about silverware. We now know dozens of patterns by name, how best to polish and care for it, the history of spoon rings, and much, much more.
Below is just a little of what we've picked up. If you have specific questions about your pieces, contact us at any time.
A History of Spoon Rings
While most people associate spoon rings with the hippie culture of the 1960s and 70s, the first recorded spoon rings originate from the England in the 1600s. Family silverware was a treasure, and damaged pieces were repurposed into items - like rings. It was also reported that servants, who couldn't afford silver for wedding bands, may have stolen silverware from their masters and crafted them into rings.
Spoon rings exploded during the late 60s and early 70s as people found new uses for traditional items. Today, spoon rings are a natural extension of the green movement. While using family silverware for formal dinners may have fallen out of favor, repurposing these pieces into jewelry and wearable art is just one way to reuse, repurpose and recycle.
The Top Twenty Silverware Patterns
Over the past few hundred years, literally thousands of different silverware patterns have been crafted and registered by designers all around the world.
Not sure what your great grandmother's pattern is? Check the graphic to the right - chances are it's in the top twenty. Patterns like Prelude, First Love and Grand Baroque have been popular with new brides for several generations. Many of these are still available today, either as newly minted pieces or as vintage replacements from silverware specialists.
Need more info? For additional listings, photos and more on the world of silverware patterns, visit Replacements, Ltd. or Google "silverware patterns."