Fab & Frugal: Etched Ruby Glasses

Some people get all fluttery about Tiffany & Co., with its blue boxes and sparkly gems. For me, an ultra-Francophile, the ultimate fantasy brand is Christofle, the Paris tableware maker that likes to use big-name designers such as Gio Ponti. When I think of Christofle—its decadent silver holloware, its color-saturated crystal—I get all fuzzy inside and I like to imagine that I’m actually in Paris, tap-tapping on the shell of my crème brûlée. Oh, Christofle!

In our brand-new Feb/March issue, I got the chance to feature Christofle’s yummy “Kawali” glasses, which have a bubbly circle motif and come in ruby, azure, spring green, emerald, amethyst, and amber. A single stemless goblet (above right) is $210, by order through Neiman Marcus in downtown Minneapolis. If you’re like me and love the etched look but lack the Christofle-sized budget, look to Two’s Company. The vendor makes a remarkably similar set for $27.50 per glass or $165 per set of six (below). Provisions in Excelsior has the cute little ruby shot glasses in store, and they’ll happily order the larger size.