Benefits of Silverware Insurance

You might acquire an insurance policy for your house, car, or even for your new iPhone; but should you also get one for your silverware?

Most people probably would not. After all, they’re just spoons, forks, and knives. But what if these little items are beloved antiques that have been passed down from several generations? This is where an insurance policy comes in handy. Insurance for valuable items will provide some form of protection for your silverware and other treasured belongings against theft, or damages caused by weather and fire.

Furthermore, companies that offer these services can give you refunds plus compensations if your items get lost.

But if you’re still skeptical about safeguarding your spoons and forks, maybe this post will help you further understand the benefits of acquiring a silverware insurance policy:

Homeowner’s policies are limited

If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, you probably understand that you’ll only get very limited compensation for lost valuable items. These policies do not usually cover damages caused by a house fire or theft. If they do cover these casualties, you will only receive a very little amount. If your $1,500 knife set gets stolen, a homeowner’s policy can only give you around $250 – $500. Not much for a cutlery collection worth $1,500.

Silverware insurance can cover theft, fire, or weather damages; and they also offer competitive rates, especially for cutleries that have high appraisal.

You can cover items individually or by group

If you just want to insure a single piece of silverware, that’s totally fine because companies can accommodate your request. But if you want to safeguard more items, they can provide you with blanket coverage. However, it is still advisable that you insure your silverware individually.

This process may be more expensive than the other option, but at least each piece is scheduled and listed. This means you get each item’s full value when you want to make a claim.

You can determine the replacement value of your item before making a claim

Determining the value of items such as cars, refrigerators, mobile devices, and furniture is very easy. However, placing a dollar value on a cutlery set that was passed down from your great uncle can be tricky because they have to check its authenticity. Scheduling your beloved flatware, and even other antique item or jewelry, will help you determine its real value; thus eliminating any problems that you might encounter when making your claim.

These services cover loss in market value

Silverware that has a damaged itemized cover can lose its market value. Most insurance firms are willing to pay their clients if this situation happens.

Cash settlements

If your silverware becomes damaged beyond repair, you can ask the insurance firm to replace it with a new one. But if it’s a rare piece and no replacements are available, you can just opt for a cash settlement instead.

The Wrap Up

At first glance, acquiring silverware insurance may seem unnecessary and expensive. However, these services offer a lot of benefits in the long run. You’ll get monetary compensations, and the company might even replace any damage goods for free. Make sure that you carefully inspect the silverware insurance policy that you will get so that you will have the best benefits.

Do you know any reliable companies that offer silverware insurance? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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Criteria in Selecting Silverware That’ll Make Every Meal Time Special

During meal time, what mostly piques our interest is the main dish to be served. Of course we’re excited about what we’re going to eat, after all, who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into some delectable food, especially when celebrating festive occasions and holidays.

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But the littlest details also count if one wants to make meal time pleasant not only for guests on special occasions, but also for the whole family on a daily basis. The right choice of silverware to match your table setting is often overlooked when it’s actually essential to ensuring full enjoyment of the served meal. A study, conducted by Oxford University, even concluded that size, shape, color, and weight of your utensils can influence how your food tastes, both positively and negatively. Knowing the appropriate silverware to use and perfecting your very own set at home will definitely add to the overall mood of each meal.

Silverware pertains to utensils used for eating and serving food. It is also known as cutlery, tableware, or flatware. Historically, it was made with real silver. That is, until the 20th century when stainless steel took over silver’s popularity. However, the original term “silverware” was able to be retained.

Having the right silverware for your home is essential to hosting posh parties and is necessary to have a nice dining experience with the family every day. Here is a guide to choosing the right silverware for your collection:

  1. 1.     Practicality and Use

Knowing the different types of silverware and their uses is important to keep your choices practical and sensible. The basic types of silverware consist of standard silverware, serving silverware, and specialty silverware.

 

When selecting a set, consider one that matches the meals that you would usually serve. With this in mind, asking yourself a few questions should guide you in finding a set that can efficiently answer your needs. Will it be used for a formal or casual type of dining? Will it be used daily during meal times with the family? Will it be used only during Christmas or special celebrations?

 

  1. 2.     Design and Taste

You can play it safe and go with a versatile design that can match both formal and casual table setting but there are many ways to go about design with silverware. If you already have a lovely set of plates, cups, and bowls for your place setting, make sure to pick a set of silverware that would nicely match your existing set.

 

Silverware is available in a wide selection of sizes and shapes that can fit your taste and style. You may opt for an elegant metal with a sterling silver or silver-plated set to entertain your guests for a formal occasion or a sleek and minimalistic design which can perfectly set the mood for a modern dining experience. For daily dining, you can simply opt for a low-maintenance stainless steel.

 

  1. 3.     Craftsmanship and Quality

With silverware, the quality of design and material shown in the craftsmanship matters as it is also how you can determine its durability. Well-made silverware is recognized by its good balance and considerable weight. Keep away from lightweight tableware which lacks balance, feels uncomfortable to hold, and has a higher possibility of bending:

 

  • Both sides of each utensil should be attractive
  • Engraved design should be defined and clear
  • Symmetrical fork tines are evident with the edges rounded
  • Broad knife blade with a good cutting edge
  • No gap in color should be revealed when knife blade joins the handle
  • Spoon should have enough depth to provide a good bite

 

  1. 4.     Availability and Quantity

How many people do you want to serve with your silverware set? Pick a set that can provide all your guests with matching spoons, forks, and knives. Most sets can serve four persons at the minimum and 12 people at the maximum. If you plan on serving a special menu that would require use of other types of utensils, consider acquiring a complete set that would serve all needed purposes.

 

Choose a set with high elemental content. Most stainless steel silverware are made of actual steel, but the percentage of other metal content help determine the durability of each piece. Silverware labeled 18/10 is the best choice; consisting of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. Less than the 18/10 standard and that equates to lower quality cutlery.

 

  1. 5.     Investment and Cost

Consider the type of material and metal used in production, the intricateness of the ornamentation, and the time and labor put into the crafting of each piece figure in the cost of your purchases. Definitely, how much you spend on your silverware is entirely up to you. Do you want to invest on a high quality set for a restaurant business, a very special gathering, or to simply put authenticity and quality at the top of your priority for home use?

 

Of course, it is your prerogative to set the budget for spending on your silverware. Prices for a set can be as affordable as $15 or can be as expensive as $1400. If you are on a budget, it would be smart to purchase the fundamentals first and allocate money for the additional pieces later on. But do keep in mind that high quality silverware is sure to be a long-term investment.

When it comes to making every dining experience special, whether or not there’s a reason to celebrate, it can be the littlest things that can make a big difference.

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Cleaning Silverware: Dishwasher versus Hand-wash

Our silverwares are used for the most common tasks like a simple dinner with the family, or even to a rarer occasion like accentuating the theme of a formal dinner party. But once all the fun, laughter, and eating is done; how do you plan on cleaning your dishes and silverwares? Do you plan on just stacking and cramming them all in a dishwasher for that quick and convenient way of cleaning? Maybe you’d like to take the more traditional route of washing by hand to have that quiet moment alone for your own thoughts. Before we go and decide which is better let’s first find out what each system of cleaning holds for us and the items they clean.

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Washing By Hand

Most of us know and understand how fragile the design of silverwares can be and, with that in mind, one understands that they shouldn’t be mixed with other things to avoid ruining them. This caution, however, can be skipped when washing by hand because you have control and have the ability to discern which can harm which. This discerning action allows you wash your dishes along with your silverware at the same time without the worry of ruining the smooth glossy finish of your silver spoons, forks, and knives. What does this mean for you? Well this means efficiency. By using the water you used to clean your silverware for your other dishes, you lessen the act of wasting water (Of course when doing this you shouldn’t leave the tap on). According to Umbra of grist.org, you can even use the method of David Galloway of lifehacker.com wherein he gathers the water he used for cleaning and uses it for other things like watering the plants or as scrub water.

 

Washing the Dishes through a Dishwasher

Okay, given the point above some may argue that washing by hand is simply too time consuming. Aside from lessening time consumption, dishwasher enthusiasts can also argue using the results of the study done by Bonn University. According to the website dishwashingexpert.com modern dishwashers are much more efficient than washing by hand. Its efficiency includes a lot more than just precious time. The research shows that modern washers use 13 to 27 liters of water which is roughly 1/6 of that use when washing hands. If your concern is your electric bill worry no more because some of these washers are Energy Star certified. This means that they are much more efficient in using electricity than conventional dishwashers.

 

Contested Conclusion 

With the discussion on the dishwasher done, it would seem that washing your silverware through the use of a dishwasher is the most ideal means of cleaning. However, according to sites like treehugger.com, grist.org, and lifehacker.com the result found by Bonn University (BU) can be contested. First, one cannot simply apply the result found by BU to all dishwashers. There is a specific type of dishwasher that the results apply to, and this means that people can’t just boast and question hand-wash enthusiasts with a condescending tone. Second, because of the fragile nature of silverware, you can’t just put them together with other utensils and so you have to wash these things separately if you’re planning to maintain the pristine look of your silverware. Separating the act of washing consumes more water and soap which doesn’t translate well economically. Finally, the study conducted, according to Umbra of grist.org, didn’t turn the faucet off when cleaning the dishes and so precious water was wasted. They also didn’t acknowledge the alternative uses of the water used for cleaning.

With these, if you would like to call them revelations, show is that the most logical reason why people would opt to use dishwashers as cleaners over hand washing is that dishwashers are simply less time consuming when you are just washing your silverware. It also doesn’t add physical strain by reducing your task to simply loading, unloading, and drying. If you’d prefer some alone time with your thoughts, prefer a sponge on your hand, and you don’t have figuratively deep pockets; then hand washing wouldn’t be a problem to you and even the environment.

 

Here are some great Oneida Brahms Spoons

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Distinction of the Oneida Community in Life, Teachings, and Beliefs

Various religions have different interpretations of what they believe in. Often, this is the cause of establishing a separate group from the other believers. One group who caught the public’s attention in the 19th century is the Oneida Community.

 (Photos taken from: www.oneidacommunity.org
(Photos taken from: www.oneidacommunity.org

Timeline of their history:

1811: John Humphrey Noyes was born to John Noyes and Polly Hayes in Vermont. He was the founder of the Oneida Community. Despite that he had a religious mother who guided them to have a deep foundation of faith, Noyes grew up rebellious and had a strong dislike to theology.

1831: He joined a 4-day meeting by the ministry of Charles Finney. He simply ignored what he heard at first but after having a feverish cold; he started to consider learning the teachings from the Bible.

1832: He entered the Yale Theological Seminary to continue the new life he began with reading the Bible.

1834: Noyes developed the idea of ‘Perfectionism’. This holds that one can be free from sins all throughout his life. He grounded it on the idea that man’s independent will came from God. God is a divine being; therefore the will of man is as divine as to God’s. He claimed that his conversion and renewed relationship to God frees him from all the duties to follow the norm and laws of society. Soon, he declared himself sinless and perfect. His radical insights prompted his professors to label him a heretic, expel him from Yale University, and revoke his ministerial license. His views later on, become the foundation of the community he was about to lead.

1836: He returned to Putney, Vermont and continued his preaching. He started a Bible institute were he gained followers, including his younger brother. Two of his followers married his sisters. They became the core of that informal group governed by Noyes.

1840: The informal group of Noyes turned into a ‘purely religious entity’.

1844: The community embraced communism and lived among themselves. At that time, there were about 37 members who lived in three houses. Their means of living was earning from a store and two farms.

1846: The group implemented Noyes teachings of Mutual Criticism, Complex Marriage, and Male Continence,  At first, only the leaders followed these teachings. Then at around 1848, the community started to practice these as well.  They founded their abode near the Canadian border.

1847: They claimed that the Kingdom of God had already been here on Earth and that the second coming of Christ happened in A.D. 70. They also believed they can establish the millennial kingdom.

1849-1879: The group lived in accordance to all the teachings that Noyes imparted. The group flourished in specific industries including building of game traps, constructing garden furniture, creating palm frond hats, making leather travel bags, hair-cutting, producing silk, and crafting silverware. Dentistry, education, and tourism were also part of their worthwhile activities.

1876: Turmoil began within the community after John Humphrey Noyes appointed his son, Dr. Theodore Noyes as the new leader. The younger Noyes was an agnostic and led the community in a very strict manner. Factions and oppositions were formed that even when the original founder of the Oneida community came back. It was difficult to put everything back to how things were.

1879: They abandoned the practice of Complex Marriage.

1880-1881: In 1880, there was a consideration to change the group into a joint-stock basis which took place in 1881. Their craftsmanship in producing flatware was the last industry they were able to operated and maintain. They were then known as the Oneida Community, Limited. This is now the known organization that produces the finest quality of flatware.

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Stainless Flatware: The Importance of 18/10 VS 18/0

When you’re in the market for stainless steel flatware, you might come across terms such as “18/10 Stainless Steel”, “18/0 Stainless Steel” or in some cases, “18/8 Stainless Steel”.  But what do they all really mean? Is it the quality of the steel? The way it was made? Or maybe, some fancy gimmick to justify one set being more expensive than the other, even though it doesn’t look any better than the cheaper one? Let’s find out.

Flatware Stainless Steel

Stainless steel used on flatware will have different compositions depending on their applications.  But the main ingredients are Chromium and Nickel which add to its corrosion resistance.  Chromium is a hard substance, and is essentially used as a hardener.  Nickel is a silvery metal that doesn’t easily corrode and thus is used to enhance corrosion resistance.  Technically, a higher content of each will be more resilient to pitting and rusting, making them easy to maintain.  Too much Chromium content, however, will result in brittleness which will be unpractical for everyday use.

The Numbers and What They Are

18/10 or 18/0 is simply a numerical representation of how much chromium and nickel the stainless steel has in a particular set.

  • 18/10 – 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel
  • 18/0 – 18% Chromium and 0% Nickel

In general, since most flatware will have the same 18% Chromium; the higher the Nickel content, the more resistant it is to corrosion.  However, it is important to note that Nickel is quite expensive which means that sets with high nickel content will cost more as well.

Understanding what they mean

Aside from corrosion resistance, 18/10 and 18/0 stainless steel can differ in appearance and of course, as mentioned earlier, price.  18/10 stainless steel will have more luster than its little brother, the 18/0.  It will also be more durable and will likely be more capable to withstand daily use.  On the other hand, because it has more Nickel content (which is expensive), these sets will generally cost more than those made with 18/0 stainless steel.  18/10 stainless steel flatware will be heavier, more balanced, and have a better “feel” than their 18/0 counterparts.

Although 18/10 is the hands down winner, 18/0 stainless steel isn’t as bad as one might think.  They’re relatively strong and inexpensive.  They may not be as corrosion resistant or as durable as their big brother, the 18/10; but, with a little extra care and common sense, they will last a long time serving their purpose.

There you have it.  These are basically what you need to know about 18/10 and 18/0 stainless steel flatware.  The next time you check out flatware sets, you should know what to look for.  If you really want quality craftsmanship that is durable, that has a good feel and overall appearance, but without minding the extra expense; go for 18/10 Stainless Steel.  However, if your definition of what practical is includes price, don’t be afraid to look at 18/0 stainless steel sets.  Just remember to trust your instincts.  Read the label.  Ask somebody to open them up and try to have a feel of it in your hand.  You will come across items that claim they are what they are not.  Keep in mind that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

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The Fork Etiquette: American vs. European Style

The fork is one of the most widely used utensils in most parts of the world, and its use is relatively new in comparison to the spoon and knife. Knowing how to properly manipulate utensils at the table is considered an integral part of table etiquette. According to Emily Post, “It means treating people with consideration, respect, and honesty.” In other words, how you handle utensils and how you eat food at the table reflect the amount of respect and consideration we have for those around us. Etiquette, just like language, religion, and culture, may vary from one place to another; so what are the differences between the American and Continental Styles of Fork Etiquette?

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The Zig-Zag Method

What is the Zig-Zag Method? Also known as the Cut-and-Switch, the Zig-Zag Method is a style most commonly used by Americans and Canadians. According to some people, this method was brought to the US by the Europeans; but for various reasons, the Europeans chose to switch to a different style. So why is the Zig-Zag Method called as such? Imagine ordering a medium rare steak at a fancy restaurant, you hold the knife with your right hand and the fork with your left. You cut through the meat with the knife while holding it in place with the fork, and when you’re done, the knife is placed at the top of the plate with the blade facing in. After that, the fork is switched from the left to the right hand to pick up that juicy piece of meat and chew with the tines up. The process of switching the fork to the right hand is why the Zig-Zag Method was called as such.

The Zig-Zag Method might have become popular for several reasons. One of these reasons might be the controversy surrounding the use of the left hand. In the past, the use of the left hand was flocked with strange prejudices and was considered (and is still considered in some parts of the world) as a taboo; and so, switching the fork from the left to the right saves you from being judged and criticized.

For some people though, the Zig-Zag Method seemed like a tedious and inefficient way of eating; and this may be the reason why Europeans opted for an easier, more convenient (and more fashionable for some) way of eating – the Continental Style.

 

The Continental Style

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By now we know that the Cut-and-Switch Method originated from the Europeans, and that they searched for a more efficient way of eating while keeping it fashionable and following proper etiquette. What led to this change in the fork etiquette among Europeans? In 1854, a French etiquette book mentioned that people should stop shifting forks back into the right hand in order to be more fashionable. Another reason for this change might have been during the 14th Century when stabbing became so rampant at the dining table because men used to hide daggers up their sleeves and stab each other after eating that the King ordered everyone to eat with both wrists above the table.

So how different is the Continental Style with the Zig-Zag Method? One notable difference is that the Europeans do not switch their forks after they’re done slicing the food – the fork stays in the left hand and the knife continues to be held in the right with the wrist resting on the edge of the table. Another difference is that they bring the food to their mouth with the tines down.

 

American Style vs. European Style

Aside from the switching and positioning of tines, what are other notable differences in fork etiquette between Americans and Europeans? The American Style of pausing during a meal, or the “resting position,” is done by placing the knife on the right side of the plate in the 4 o’clock position with the blade in, and the fork on the left in the 8 o’clock position with the tines up.

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The European Style of the “resting position” is done by placing the fork and knife crossed in the center of the plate with the tines down. When you’re done eating, the American Style is putting the fork and knife side by side in the 4 o’clock position. The knife is placed on the outside with the blade in and the fork on the inside with the tines up. The European Style is pretty much the same except for one exception – the tines of the fork are pointed down.

While all the things mentioned are merely guides and simple comparisons, one should always take note that etiquette is highly personal – it varies from one person to another. Conventions are changing and we don’t know which is offensive for some and which ones are not; and though fork etiquette may not be applicable in fast food chains and other stores, let us not forget the value of respecting others just as how we want to be respected.

Which style do you prefer and use? Or maybe you have your own method? Share with us in the comments!

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