Different Types of Dinnerware

Posted by Ann Marie on 6/19/2014 to Inspirations

Purchasing a dinnerware set can often be an overwhelming process.  There are so many different options available that it is hard to know where to begin the search.  One of the first things to do, is decide on the material that you are most drawn to.  This may rely heavily on the occasions for which you plan to use the dinnerware.  The following types of dinnerware are some of the most commonly seen.  Once you become aware of which characteristics you like most, you can begin to look for the style and color options that best align with your taste.


Stoneware is one of the most common types of dinnerware available.  These pieces are known for their durability and long-lasting nature.  Most stoneware pieces are also microwave and dishwasher safe, adding to their convenience.  However, check the details of your specific stoneware set for subjecting them to potential extreme temperature fluctuations.  A variety of different glazing methods can be used on stoneware to arrive at styles on a broad spectrum. 


Porcelain is similar to stoneware in its durability, however it is typically regarded as more of a fine china option.   The higher temperatures at which porcelain is fired give it more of a translucent appearance.  The ultra-white coloring that is most common with this style of dinnerware makes it a popular choice for fine dining or special occasions. 


Going in a slightly different direction, pewter is a grey-silver alloy that is often used in the construction of dinnerware sets.  Often a plate design may feature just a small pewter inlay for aesthetic purposes.  However, there are also plates, bowls, saucers, and cups made entirely of pewter.  The look and feel of this dinnerware fit in great with the industrial, rustic style that is very popular right now.  If you did not want an entire set, it is common to purchase a few larger pieces for serving purposes. 

These three dinnerware styles will help get you started on your journey of creating the perfect set for your home.  With the knowledge of the unique characteristics that each different type of dinnerware possesses, you can determine what is right for you.  A dinnerware set is something that you want to last for years to come so take your time and find the perfect option.  At Ann Marie’s, we offer beautiful, high quality pieces in each of these categories and would love to help you find what speaks to you. 



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