The napkin ring, which in polished lingo is also called the serviette ring , were developed by the European bourgeoisie, in the initial years of the nineteenth century. It first made an appearance in France in , and later spread to most countries
in the European and American world. Essentially meant to fit around a napkin and hold it together, the rings become an easy way to identify these pieces of cloth in the household. In most western countries, colourful varieties bundled into in the European and American world. Essentially meant to fit around a napkin and hold it together, the rings become an easy way to identify these pieces of cloth in the household. In most western countries, colourful varieties bundled into numbered sets of , , , , or napkin rings are found.
What are they made of
As Wikipedia puts it, The standard napkin ring is a simple ring made from skewers. Apart from this standard variety, there s also a variety of figural napkin ring. An invention of the Americans, these figural rings are a small sculptured structure that may mould itself into any shape or feature an engraved motif. They can be made out of gold, silver, bone, wood, pearl, glass and more recently Bakelite. They may also contain the initials of the person to whom it belongs, or that of a couple who get it as a gift on the auspicious day of their wedding ceremonies.
The Fan Fold and the easy Puff fold common ways of folding a gold napkin ring:
Let us start with the relatively simple puff fold which works best with large and square napkins. To create this fold, one should first lift the napkin by holding its centre, then hang it freely to smoothen out the folds and finally slide in the ring along the narrowed end that was raised with your fingers.
On the other hand, the fan fold is an incredibly elegant and classy method of folding the napkin. Firstly, one should fold it into a half and then continue folding it parallel to the crease in the middle, making alternate folds from one direction and then the other. Eventually one will get an accordion like strip with a thin end in the middle just like a fan. The last touch should be added by sliding in the ring through this folded end of the napkin.