When I was little I used to help my mom prepare for special dinners (like Passover) by helping to set the table. We would head over to the dining room buffet and behind those doors held all things shiny and translucent and elegant and “fancy” in my young eyes. Out would come the china and the silver and the linen napkins so carefully pressed.
But, oh, the silver. I’d never seen anything so pretty. It was full of curves and rosebuds and detail and sparkle and just holding it made me feel like a “lady”. Years later when it was my turn to get married, I knew immediately that I wanted the same pattern I’d grown up with – Wallace Grande Baroque.
Years later the trend of spoon rings showed up – taking the decorative part of the silver spoon, cutting it off and bending it to make a ring. I’ve always loved them. I’m not sure why I never had one, but I never forgot them. The other day while playing around on Pinterest, I saw a picture of one and I knew I had to have it.
It’s hard to find Grande Baroque rings – they are usually fairly pricey – but I found a gentleman on eBay, the antiquespoonman, who had one for sale. A big, bold one – and I bought it instantly.
Here are some ideas for your own spoon ring:
1. If you don’t have a pattern, be sure to research some at a reputable source. I like Replacements, Ltd. That way you’ll know if the pattern is correct.
2. If you can’t find a ring with your desired pattern, buy a spoon and reach out to an artisan that has made others and see if s/he will craft one using your own spoon.
3. Consider an open pattern at the spoon base and have your initial monogrammed.