We took the liberty of answering everyone’s FAQs about the most mystifying (but classic-for-a-reason) registry staple.
Q: What is fine china?
A: It’s dinnerware made of porcelain, the most durable ceramic, and can be formed into gorgeous, delicate-looking shapes.
Q: Why is it so freaking expensive?
Q: Is bone china stronger?
A: No, it’s still porcelain. Bone ash (originally made from cow bone ash mixed into porcelain, but now frequently synthetic) just gives the china a special milky-white color. It’s also slightly translucent.
Q: How many pieces are in one set of fine china?
A: Five: teacup, saucer, salad plate, dinner plate, and bread-and-butter plate or bowl. We suggest registering for at least eight sets.
Q: Do you need charger plates?
A: They make for more-dramatic place settings. You CAN achieve the same look with placemats and a tablecloth, too.
Q: Can you really eat off of fine china or is it more like art?
A: Fine china is way more durable than you think. Don’t let those gorgeous ceramics collect dust on your shelves!
Q: Want fine china but wish it was more modern?
A: Try mixing and matching colors, prints, even designers. Just stick to one palette and material for overall cohesiveness.