Because the Lenox company has been around since 1889, it is well-known for its production of high quality china. In addition to being a bone china manufacturer in the United States, Lenox is also known for its Presidential collection that decorates the White House. In addition to these, though, Lenox also has a large and fine selection of beautiful crystal.
Most of the Lenox crystal patterns fall within the same sort of visual category. Now, that’s not to say that there’s any sort of monotony to the patterns, but rather that they all seem to have a classic beauty to them. Many of the patterns are of minimalist design, with a clear bowl, simple stems, and perhaps a gold or platinum accent rim. Overall, if you are looking for a pattern to add to your crystal collection, or perhaps even something for starting a new collection, Lenox crystal is a great option if you want to have timeless pieces that stand the test of time.
Here are a few patterns to take a look at:
Lenox Hancock Platinum
Lenox Lace Point
Baccarat is a crystal manufacturer that has been around since 1764. While they may not have the most expansive selection of crystal, they certainly have a selection that is worth taking a look at. There may not be a huge variety of patterns, but the quality is what draws all of the attention.
When it comes to Baccarat crystal, in looking at their different patterns, you can come to see a sort of theme or notable style. Most of the patterns have a clear and crisp design to them that exude an excellence and brilliance not often found so consistently across brands. Take a look at some of their pieces and you will see that they almost appear to sparkle or glow in the light.
Something worth noting about Baccarat crystal is that the patterns are perfect for those who have an expansive hosting set already, and also for those who are looking into starting their own collection. Whether you’ve been collecting for years or are just starting out, Baccarat crystal has a classic and timeless value that will impress you and your guests for years to come.
Here are some Baccarat patterns to take a look at:
Varga is a popular crystal company based in Hungary. Their pieces are highly collectible, and for good reason: each is mouth blown and of the highest quality. Varga’s intricate process of copper point and diamond wheel engraving is not only an admirable technique to master, but it also immensely adds to the beauty of the pieces. Because of all that goes in to making each Varga item, you can rest assured that whatever pattern you get will truly be unique and one of a kind.
Many Varga patterns are clear and most feature an etched design or some sort of engraving. This results in a sort of look that is ready to take on any situation, whether you are hosting a formal gathering or having an informal get together. Clear crystal is always a go-to option, and the engravings allow visual interest without going overboard. Matching with other china and flatware becomes easy as these timeless pieces fit in almost anywhere. Napoli Bordeaux is a great example of this, though if you want something a bit more themed, Out Of Africa is just the right fit.
In addition to these, you can also find many colored patterns by Varga. These options are great for matching with a more neutral table setting to add in a burst of color, or, if you really enjoy a strong and bold look, you can take colored crystal and pair it with colored china. Something convenient, too, is that many of Varga’s colored patterns will be available in a wide range of color options, such as Safari Green and Safari Sky Blue.
Varga Out Of Africa
Wedgwood is a brand to look into no matter what sort of china pattern you are looking for. The company has a wide variety of patterns in different styles, perfect whether you want something graceful and delicate or something strong and bold. The hardest part might just be picking which is your favorite.
Wedgwood Charnwood and Wedgwood Quince are two organically styled patterns, Charnwood with its flowers and butterflies and and Quince with its colorful selection of fruit. These are great options for the springtime, or if you like to enjoy nature in your home during all times of the year. Plus, the colors allow for easy coordinating with a huge range of table settings.
Wedgwood Ulander Black and Wedgwood Ascot are likely more on the formal end of the spectrum, with classic and chic border designs. Ulander Black has a gold trim and verge with a subtle white and black border, and Ascot goes all out with a gorgeous gold rim. Either is a good choice for more classy occasions.
If you want something that is somewhere in the middle, though, then definitely check out the popular Wedgwood Runnymeade.
Solid colored patterns have their charm, but there’s also something special about patterns with a few more details. That’s not to say you should immediately jump to patterns completely covered in designs, but why not enjoy a little embellishment in your table setting? Fancier patterns can add that extra flair to help you achieve just the right look.
For example, from farther away, Royal Doulton English Renaissance may appear to have a solid border. However, when you look closer, you’ll see that it has an intricate series of gold scrolls decorating each piece. Wedgwood Florentine Gold is similar in this respect, with an elegant white gold border and decorative griffins. If both of these are too bold, Noritake Ardmore Platinum keeps things subtle with a small scrolled border.
You don’t have to stop at china, either. Silver and flatware patterns can also have certain shapes or designs that give them a classy vibe. Reed & Barton French Chippendale is a great example.
Noritake Ardmore Platinum
You don’t have to be royalty to have a royal look at your table. Bringing this sort of style home is easy, especially with so many options to choose from. Many china patterns have royal aspects to them, but Lenox makes things so easy by including the word in a bunch of their pattern names.
Lenox Royal Treasure has a black rim with gold accents as well as a gold verge. Black Royale is visually similar but has platinum details. Royal Kelly has a green and blue band on a clean white background and Blue Royale has a blue and gold rim. If you are interested in more organic shapes and even floral designs, you could take a look at Royal Courtyard, Royal Peony, or Royal Scroll.
While all of these patterns are different, they do have their similarities as well. Regardless of which exact design is your favorite, you can be sure that you’ll get a set that is classic, chic, and timeless.
Lenox Royal Treasure
Subtle accents are perfect for those who want that extra flare in their table setting without going too bold or overboard. While gold is an extremely popular accent color, there is a certain elegance and charm that comes with platinum accents. There are plenty of options available that have intricate and ornate platinum details, but sometimes less is more.
Take Lenox Federal Platinum for example. The composition of the pattern is simple, but that is where the beauty of it lies. The platinum trim and verge are displayed gorgeously atop a clean white background, leaving a delicate impression that can add beauty to any table.
For a look with higher contrast, you could always check out Pickard Platinum Necklace. The idea is similar again, with the attention drawn to the trim and verge, but their is more weight to the pattern. To stretch even further, Mikasa Palatial Platinum is a popular pattern that proudly displays platinum details while still remaining classic and chic.
Lenox Federal Platinum
There are so many different color options to choose from when it comes to setting your table that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Wading through so many china options can also be hard if you just want your table setting to look good but don’t have any strict preferences for its appearance. In situations like this, it can be a good idea to just take a look at some different patterns and see if anything sticks out to you.
Villeroy & Boch Albertina is a good choice if you like warm and colorful florals with a slight delicacy to them. Lenox Rutledge can get a plant-like vibe going too, but in a deeper and bolder color palette. Wedgwood Agincourt Green really brings a gorgeous shade of green to your table with just subtle tiny hints of other colors woven into the design. For a European look, you could always try the beautifully blue Royal Copenhagen Tranquebar Blue.
Plus, if you are worried about possibly having too much color on your table, just go for a simple and clear set of crystal, like Waterford Sheila.
Royal Copenhagen Tranquebar Blue
Each brand has their own sort of distinctive style, but of course many patterns that are made across brands can still be visually similar. If you want a particular look, or if you are a fan of a certain brand, or you like the cost of one pattern over the other, then this can be a helpful bit of knowledge.
If you want a strong and bold look, then you may be interested in Bernardaud Madison Platinum. It has a platinum band but also has a gold trim and verge on a white background, making it a great pattern for those looking to match a lot of other pieces or start their collection. If you love the idea of this pattern but the execution isn’t completely perfect for your liking, then go ahead and keep the look in mind as you browse some other patterns.
Noritake Fitzgerald is a similar pattern with a high-contrast, strong look and gold details on a white background. Even further, Lenox Jefferson fits the bill while adding a little bit more color and a cream background. All of these patterns share a common visual theme with slight variations that can help you achieve exactly the appearance that you are looking for.
If you are making an effort to achieve a certain look with your table setting, then there is a very good chance that you will have to pay attention to colors. Warm colors like reds and oranges are great for bringing energy and excitement to your table. On the other hand, cooler colors like blues and grays can be more calm and welcoming.
Waterford Brocade is a good example of a cooler pattern. It has dark, black details with a platinum accent. Not only are the colors a neutral cool, but Brocade also has a great mix of geometric and organic designs with its Greek key and raised leaves.
If you are looking for something that is more obviously cool in palette, then take a look at Minton Bellemeade. It has a very soft blue and gray floral around the rim and a subtle platinum detail. The Bellemeade pattern is no longer in production, but has remained popular still over time.
Last, if you want a stronger look, you could always try Vera Wang Vera Lace Platinum. It is another pattern with a platinum trim, and has a bold floral design with a black on white contrast. It is also very easy to match with a lot of other patterns!