Silver is as much an indispensable and invaluable part of every Indian family’s possession as gold is. It is not uncommon to see a silver plate or set of glasses used by your (great) grand parents. Silver is traditionally passed down generations. The elegant transformation in designs is very evident now. The solid heavy plate of the early 1900s has given way to one engraved with fine inlay designs in gold. The silver collectibles, traditionally given away to daughters in marriage, ranged from chandan bela, glasses and plates to lamps of varying sizes. It’s legacy that is treasured in many families. It was reflective of their taste and style.
In the olden days, I’m told grand parents regularly ate in silver plates which gave way to stainless steel plates around the 70’s, when usage of silver articles was limited to festivals and grand family functions. But, now I see more and more of silver being used for daily use. Thanks to it’s inherent quality, silver doesn’t crack, break or lose its sheen.
I was compelled to do a post on silverware when I saw this exceptional line of tableware from Gruppo Greggio in the last month’s issue of BBC Good Homes. This range is apparently available at the World of Silver stores in India. The prices looked very steep but it doesn’t harm to get inspired and add silver tableware to one’s collection, if only from the local silversmiths.
Alright, I have to agree there was a moment when I felt drawn more for the styling than the silverware. Wouldn’t it be really nice to host dinner in such an elegantly set table?