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12 Fancy Napkin Rings to Dress Up Your Tablescape

These fashionable accessories give your place settings pizzazz.
by Roxanne Robinson Jul 06, 2021

Thankfully, the napkin ring has come a long way since the 18th century. Originally, these nifty items were a necessity that tended to come in silver, engraved with initials that designated the user. Why do this? In those times laundering napkins was not a daily task—not even in fine households. Since they were reused several times, the napkin rings kept track of whose was whose. Eventually they became a mark of distinction amongst European bourgeoisie in the 19th century. Now, they serve to pretty up one’s table décor. Borrowing a line from Beyoncé, Nest Casa says: Put a ring on it! It’s easy to do with one of these charming napkin holders.

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Some styles are more aptly called cuffs (rather than rings). Case in point: This all leather style from Italy’s Riviere. It spans almost two inches and is adorned with a chic flower. It would be tempting to hijack this black napkin ring to use as a ponytail accent.

Delight guests with a beautiful bee motif to greet them at their plates. From the creative touch of Joanna Buchanan, these embellished gold napkin rings add sparkle and are ready to shine on any dinner plate.

Who doesn’t love the playfulness of polka dots? It’s especially charming in the classic black and white combo. This set of six napkin rings from Artel makes the case that fashionable choices look good in the home.

Give your tabletop a Zen vibe. This set of four napkin rings recalls Chinese or Buddhist prayer beads. They were inspired by designer Kim Seybert’s regular jaunts to China for work.

Mercedes Salazar’s charming raffia creations display the endless possibilities of her native Colombia’s palm weavers. Here, she combines the rustic texture of raffia with delicate pearls to create a fish shape. The pearlescent effect recalls real fish scales.

Lest there be confusion as to the star of your entertaining set-up, Joanna Buchanan’s gold and pearl rings are it. Beauties like these starburst stunners wrap your napkins in pure glamour.

You can practically picture real sliced citrus fruits with Edie Parker’s lemon- and lime-colored multi-napkin ring set—which were inspired by margaritas. These playful rings from Brett Heyman’s brand, which took its cues from vintage acrylic handbags, will satisfy your inner cravings for gussying up a table.

Sublime and subtle at the same time, these cream-colored napkin rings from Aerin by Aerin Lauder are the epitome of good taste. The wooden napkin ring base is covered in exotic shagreen. Plus, it is lightweight enough and easy to encircle any napkin.

Those who love decorating a holiday table will look forward to being able to dress one’s festive dinner with these trinkets from Kim Seybert. These rings—which are decorated in gold and silver baubles—should be your go-to Christmas napkin rings. But, they can also work any time your table begs for some extra sparkle.

Twinkle, twinkle, love these stars. The universes of the table accessories and jewelry align in this L’Objet set. You’ll be tempted to have this tubular gold and crystal-embellished style resized to fit your finger.

Who doesn’t love a good product for a good cause? Indigenous eSwatini artisans in Africa make this handwoven set for the brand Charlie Sprout in a warm, spice-colored sisal. The work helps promote female empowerment by providing over 800 artisans with a sustainable income.

These napkin rings from Tiffany & Co. were designed by Elsa Peretti—the seminal jewelry designer, muse and more. Here, she reimagines her famous bone cuff on this set of napkin rings accented with green aventurine.

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