Nettuno by Vietri is a wonderful pattern featuring a colorful mosaic design with fish, coral, and seashell elements. The Vietri story begins when two sisters, Susan and Frances Gravely, and their mother, Lee Gravely, took a trip to Italy in 1983. While visiting Italy’s western coast, the Gravelys became enamored with the handcrafted dinnerware at their hotel. Such was their love for this particular dinnerware that they arranged to meet the artisans who produced it, and subsequently spent three days of their vacation watching the artisans at work. Upon their return to the U.S., the Gravelys decided to import the Italian dinnerware and become wholesalers. In 1983, the three women launched Vietri, Inc., named for Vietri-Sul-Mare, a small Italian fishing village near the Amalfi Coast. The first tableware they imported was Campagna, a whimsical pattern featuring cows, horses, rams, and fish. Today, Vietri is the largest U.S. importer and wholesaler of fine, exclusively Italian and handcrafted ceramics, mouth blown glassware, stainless and pewter flatware, and more. According to Vietri literature, “The Vietri brand combines the richness of European culture with a sophisticated American spirit. Fashion forward, yet classic, Italian home accessories are designed to complement the good life and celebrate Italy and all that it encompasses – a love of life, people, nature, and simply good living.”
While the company is best known for its ceramics, Villeroy & Boch introduced spectacular lines of flatware and crystal in the twentieth century. Boston-Amber is a showcase crystal pattern released in 2004. Its dazzling amber color is accented by the crystal’s sturdy shape and raised design. Founded near Luxembourg in 1748, the longevity of Villeroy & Boch is not the only rare characteristic of the company in a modern corporate world. Surviving the ravages and devastation of World War I and the World War II, Villeroy & Boch remains a family owned business; the eighth generation of the founders actively creates and produces tableware designs. Villeroy & Boch is the world’s largest producer of ceramics. Its wares include egg cups, bathtubs, the tiles in New York City’s Holland Tunnel, and table settings for the Vatican in Rome.
Treble Clef by Gourmet Settings is 18/10 stainless flatware featuring contoured handles that curl at the end, and a combination of glossy and blackened finishes. The treble clef, a symbol used in musical notation to indicate the pitch of notes, is a type of G-clef, although the two terms are synonymous. Originally, instead of a clef symbol, the musical staff was labeled with the letter of the note that served as its reference point: G, F, or C. Over time, the shapes of these letters became more stylized, eventually becoming the clef symbols we know today. The flourish at the top of the G-clef/treble clef comes from a cursive “S,” which represented "sol," the name for the G note in solfège (the technique of singing each note to a special syllable, e.g., do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti). The whimsical design of the Treble Clef pattern is a wonderful complement to the vibrant colors in Nettuno china and the playful contours of Boston-Amber crystal. Gourmet Settings literature states, “At Gourmet Settings, we think that every time you eat with friends and family, your knives, forks and spoons should bring a little dash of joy … we know it's just flatware, but you use your knives, forks and spoons three times a day, 365 days a year. Why shouldn't every time bring a smile to your face?”
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