Heir­looms are meant to be trea­sured, pro­tected and passed on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Just like fam­ily jew­ellery which com­pletes a bri­dal trousseau, porce­lain and china table­ware forms the back­bone of the pack­age. Get­ting a tea ser­vice set from the cousin in the UK dur­ing an up­com­ing wed­ding has been the norm with most In­dian fam­i­lies. But now, you can ac­quire th­ese must-have ceram­ics in In­dia it­self as brand Wedg­wood is avail­able here. If UK’s lead­ing fash­ion de­signer Jasper Con­ran has de­signed a col­lec­tion for it, so has Vera Wang, the ac­claimed au­thor­ity in bri­dal el­e­gance. The la­bel com­bines mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with the an­cient skills of throw­ing, mod­el­ling and dec­o­rat­ing. Print de­signs are ap­plied ei­ther by metic­u­lous hand-paint­ing or via lith­o­graphed de­signs trans­ferred onto the piece be­fore a sec­ond fir­ing. “Each fine china ex­pres­sive plate re­quires 36 hours of hand craft by four crafts­men Glam­orous Cor­nu­copia tea ser­vice; in­tri­cately patterned But­ter­fly Bloom plates ( be­low left) and takes over three days to make from start to fin­ish,” says Lord Piers Wedg­wood. Black Basalt, a beau­ti­ful, fine-grained stoneware and Creamware are some of its pop­u­lar se­ries. So is the Jasper­ware, which has been pro­duced to look like an­cient cameo glass. Its pat­terns like Charn­wood, Ku­tani Crane and Run­nymede Blue have charmed the world for long. The Wedg­wood and Bent­ley pure gold col­lec­tion, on the other hand, is a show­case of in­tri­cate de­signs. Founded by Josiah Wedg­wood in the heart of English Pot­ter­ies near Stroke-on-Trent, it makes for­mal fine china table­ware, crys­tal and glass drink ware and ceram­ics gifts. USP: Prod­ucts are a mix of tra­di­tional clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary de­signs. www.wedg­

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