A napkin ring, also called serviette ring or Christening bangle is an invention of the European bourgeoisie, the wealthy middle-upper class. They first appeared in France in about 1800, and quickly caught on amongst the bourgeoisie.
To show off their wealth and prestige to friends and guests, different people and families soon developed their own unique designs. Most 19th century napkin rings were made of silver or silver plate, but others were made in bone, wood, pearl embroidery, porcelain, glass, and other materials. Soon, the use of napkin rings spread to all countries in the western world. They’ve been an integral part of fine dining ever since.
There are two different kinds of napkin rings. The standard napkin ring and the figurative napkin ring. The standard napkin ring is a simple ring with polished, carved, etched or textured design. They can also be made with a mix of materials, like our Mother of pearl Napkin Ring.
The figurative ring is a napkin ring with a small figure or sculpture that may be of any shape or motif. For example, our Flower Napkin Ring made of brass with an aluminium base.
Napkin rings were originally used to identify household napkins between weekly wash days but we don’t quite use them that way anymore. These days, napkin rings are used to make any table setting more beautiful. They add a touch of class to any dining situation, whether it’s with friends or family.
We as Simply Roka use a variety of materials like Aluminium, Brass and Mother of Pearl (MOP). All our napkin rings are handcrafted by skilled artisans, making each piece unique and one of a kind. See our artisans at work.