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Formal or colourful, dinner plates help decide the atmosphere of a meal. Daily use can be rough on plates, resulting in chips and cracks, but materials, including porcelain, bone china, and melamine, withstand the rigours of frequent use.

Though plain white complements all foods and settings, patterns and colours add life to a table. However, those trimmed with metals, especially gold, while elegant, cannot be used in microwave ovens. Spice up your meals with tasteful, yet durable, dinner plates.