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A Royal Table Setting

Jorge Arango

Thanks to the Bahadorzadehs, a family of Iranian commodities traders specializing in steel, the exquisite table settings of Prouna are now available in the U.S. Prouna is the luxury brand of Hankook Chinaware, a 60-year-old Seoul-based family business that has manufactured bone china for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Royal Doulton for decades. In 2005, Prouna discovered a way to bond Swarovski crystals to china. The Bahadorzadehs came across the company’s wares in 2008 and last year began exclusively distributing them here through their showroom in New York. They are now available in several boutique stores throughout the country. The Diana and Adonis patterns ($885 for a five-piece place setting) boast amber and clear baguette, round and cabochon crystals arranged in geometric, Art Deco-like patterns on 24-karat-gold rims. Persia ($517) is a paisley pattern employing the same materials. Princess ($995), the most expensive, displays a platinum web pattern studded with clear round crystals. There are others, the patterns of which are intentionally designed to mix and match freely. Most surprising, however, is that Prouna’s entire Jewelry Collection, as it’s called, is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee to replace any errant crystals. (212.481.5657, www.prounausa.com)

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