Kensington Place Setting

This is the Kensington dinnerware set which I got from Crate & Barrel. It’s one of my most beloved place settings because it simply exudes sophistication and elegance.

The Kensington is bone china, with platinum-edged bands of soft blue and pearl around the outer rim. Just in case you might be asking yourself “what’s so great about bone china”, well, here’s why:

Bone china is the most durable material used for dinnerware and is composed of fine porcelain, which contains bone ash. Using bone ash allows the china manufacturer to produce dinnerware so thin that it’s translucent when held up to direct light. Not only is it thin and light, but its really tough; chip resistant, stain resistant, and most importantly dishwasher safe, so no need to hand wash these!

Bone china can also take the heat, up to 350 degrees. Well, the Kensington has a platinum-edged band; so maybe don’t go sticking this one in the oven for too long, ok?

As you might have guessed, these great features come with a hefty price tag, but think of it more like an investment, something that you could easily pass on to the next generation, assuming you don’t smash them, that is. One way to maybe offset the cost of a set of bone china is to drop it onto your gift registry, so brides-to-be, get it on there. If you’re already married or don’t intend on it, maybe hold out for a sale? Either way, this stuff is well worth it, once you get past the sticker shock.