Good As Gold: 12 Gilded Flatware Sets
Forget being born with a silver spoon in your mouth—today's opulence standards call for a gold one. If you've noticed, the trend for gold flatware sets has been showing up in the chicest homes for the last five years or so. Now, the options are so plentiful that choosing one can be a challenge. Fortunately, Nest Casa has done the digging for you to discover the best choice available.
While popular on the best-dressed tables of today, gold cutlery is certainly not novel. Cutlery trends throughout the civilized world have yielded forks, knives, and spoons, made from horn, wood, pewter, and copper. Crude metals like copper reacted with food, producing a bad taste. Genuine gold and silver versions did not, but they were prohibitive in cost—thus, only available to noble classes. Stainless steel was the real game changer when it was invented in the early 20th century, as it didn't affect the taste of the food. Today, modern techniques are used to give gold-finished flatware a shiny glean that, in some cases, contains real gold. Though, be forewarned: Some gold flatware requires handwashing.
This sleek Mepra flatware is created using the same titanium plating process as NASA. Shown here in gold matte, this design—which has an aerodynamic design—comes in an additional four dishwasher-safe finishes.
Anthropologie's Streamlined flatware is part of the urban boho concept store’s Gather collection. A reed-thin handle emphasizes each piece's defining function (e.g., the fork’s prongs). The styling shown demonstrates how versatile the gold hue is with any dinner set.
What could be more of a cutlery fantasy than the famous Christofle Mood Egg, plated in 24-karat gold? This 24-piece set is housed in the egg—which, when not in use, is destined to make anyone feel like royalty while awing fellow diners. It’s not for the faint of wallet: At over $12,000, the egg serves as a decorative centerpiece as well.
The Kate Spade brand is known for tasteful but witty and quirky fun pieces that extend beyond the closet to almost every room in the house. The tabletop collections stand apart from the crowd, with the Malmo collection being a shining example. Named for the coastal town in southern Sweden, this gold flatware is emblematic of Scandinavian design.
The Goa collection from Cutipol approaches utensil design through an abstract art lens (though, this doesn’t mean that these unique tools fail at their task). Thoroughly artistic, the Goa set works with a range of colors. Shown here in white, the resin handle of these gold-finish, stainless-steel pieces comes in seven other shades to match any place setting.
From the Italian kitchen appliances and accessories company Casa Bugatti (designed by Virgilio Bugatti) is a set that delivers the best of both worlds. Traditional stainless steel is used for the functional aspects of the cutlery, while the handles arrive in a gold finish. A sloping shape allows one to grip the utensil comfortably. These pieces are dishwasher safe to 55 degrees Celsius, but handwashing is preferred.
French elegance is evident in this set of flatware with brass, gold-plated handles. The tool part of the utensil is kept in stainless steel. Created by Alain Saint-Joanis, the Lignes set delivers France's luxurious heritage to your dinner plate.
Crate & Barrel's CB2 collection Rush is the way to do a gold flatware set that is perfect for everyday use. In accessible stainless steel, this five-piece set is designed with a slim handle for a modern touch. Be forewarned: This product requires hand washing and has to be dried immediately.
Because some meals require saving the pizzazz for the end ( a.k.a., dessert), gold flatware can enhance even the simplest pound cake. One King's Lane, which offers vintage items, has sourced this dessert set of four forks and four spoons. This 1881 Rodgers set, gold-electroplated by Oneida, was a popular wedding registry item in the Fifties and Sixties.
Ricci Argentieri has been one of Europe’s most esteemed silversmiths since 1840. The brand’s classic heritage is displayed in the Bramasole 20-piece flatware set, which combines the best of high-shine, high-quality stainless steel with 18-karat-gold plating. The distinguished bands give this set nautical appeal.
The third-generation Italian family behind Pinti Inox has metallurgy in its veins. It was established by Giacomo PInti in 1929 near Brescia in Northern Italy, a region known for the naturally occuring minerals that help create the metals used. The Settecento Treasure TXT set features an ornate, laser-produced fan decoration. Made from the highest quality of stainless steel, this set features a hefty, thick handle made graceful with scalloped edges.
West Elm's Dragonfly flatware set is aptly named, as both its slender handle and its functional tops are long and lean—much like the beautiful flying insect's body. This graceful set adds a refined elegance to any place setting. Furthermore, sold in both five- and 20-piece sets, catering to both intimate and large gatherings.