When it comes to kitchenware, few items have captured the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts quite like Jadeite dishes.
With their captivating milky green color and timeless appeal, these vintage treasures originally made from the 1920s to 1970s have become highly sought after.
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Once disregarded by Depression Glass collectors, Jadeite dishes made a huge comeback in the 1990s.
Prices started to skyrocket thanks in part to Martha Stewart featuring her prized Jadeite dish collection on her TV show, Martha Stewart Living.
Around the same time, online auction giant eBay was founded, and provided a global marketplace for Jadeite dish collectors to buy and sell.
But what exactly is it about this green glassware that keeps collectors coming back for more?
From their beautiful color, to their durability, and nostalgic charm, we’ll take a look at 5 reasons why Jadeite dishes are so popular today.
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1. Jadeite Dishes Have an Enchanting Green Elegance
Jadeite dishes have a distinct vintage charm with their pale green color, reminiscent of jade gemstones.
This unique hue of green adds a touch of nostalgia and elegance to any table setting, making them highly sought after by collectors and individuals who appreciate retro or farmhouse-style kitchens.
2. Jadeite Dishes are Stylish in any Setting
Plates, bowls, mugs, and kitchen accessories like measuring cups and mixing bowls were mass produced during the Great Depression, and often given away as freebies with purchase. Today, they are highly collectible and suitable for both everyday meals and special occasions.
Their timeless design complements a wide range of decor styles, making them adaptable to different table settings. Everything just seems to look and taste better when it’s served from Jadeite dishes.
Their cheery green color effortlessly harmonizes with any decor:
- Shine them under a black light to make them glow for Halloween.
- Pair them with some red and white decor for Christmas.
- Their pastel color is perfect for Easter.
- And they look great in a white kitchen anytime of year.
Even Hollywood loves using Jadeite dishes in the movies.
These dishes really do have a life of their own!
It’s easy to see why Jadeite dishes are perfect for any occasion. Jadeite dishes are more than just your Grandma’s old china. Your table decor can go as far as your imagination with Jadeite dishes.
3. Jadeite Dishes are a Durable Delight
Jadeite dishes are made from a type of opaque milk glass that is highly durable.
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They were originally produced by McKee, Jeannette, and the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation (Fire-King) from the 1920s to 1970s, and their sturdy construction allows them to withstand daily use without easily chipping or breaking.
If you’re looking for the most durable Jadeite dishes, that would be the Anchor Hocking Fire-King Restaurant Ware pattern.
Restaurant Ware dishes were commonly used in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools, and were made to withstand the demands of a busy environment.
Their durability appeals to practical-minded collectors who value long-lasting kitchenware and who enjoy using their dishes.
Like with a lot of old treasures, they just don’t make them like they used to!
4. Jadeite Dishes are Family
The emotional connection between seeing our Moms, Grandmas and Aunties using Jadeite dishes when we were kids, is profound. Baking pies, making pancakes, and sharing some sweet treats together after an afternoon of baking are memories to cherish.
These dishes evoke a sense of nostalgia, warmth, and memories of family gatherings. And now that we’re adults, collecting these dishes allows us to honor our heritage, preserve family traditions, and create a tangible link to our childhood.
A Jadeite dish collector’s journey is filled with joy and excitement, as we seek out those same dishes that remind us of our childhood. The emotional bond to these dishes reflects the power of nostalgia, family connections, and shared experiences we know and love.
5. Jadeite Dishes are Packed with History
During The Great Depression, many people went through hard times. With the economy in a downturn, putting food on the table was a challenge, with some people losing their jobs and their homes, and life was very difficult. These Jade colored dishes were marketed as having a calming presence and to cheer people up.
Men who worked at the original Anchor Hocking Factory, supported their family, while their wives, endearingly referred to as “Anchor Wives” stayed at home to cook, clean, have babies, and even got involved in the community in the All-American town of Lancaster, Ohio.
In the 1940s as Anchor Hocking grew, there was pressure to move the headquarters to New York. Instead, Anchor Hocking helped fund a new hotel: The Hotel Lancaster so traveling businessmen would have a suitable place to stay while they visited the factory.
The Hotel Lancaster even featured a “Jadite Room” that could be rented for bridge games, special occasions, and weddings!
Anchor Hocking also had company bowling and baseball teams called the “Jad-ites” and the “Azur-ites”. (Azurite is another Fire-King pattern in blue).
And although these dishes were originally made in the USA, Asian collectors also enjoy Jadeite dishes because of their combined love of jade and American pop culture.
In Japan, you can find stores entirely dedicated to reproduction and vintage Jadeite dishes, and even a cafe – FireKing Cafe where they serve from and have Jadeite dishes on display.
Whether reminiscing about childhood memories or appreciating the timeless elegance they bring, Jadeite dishes hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors.
As we continue to celebrate their unique allure, it’s clear these delightful dishes will continue to grace our tables and evoke a sense of joy and connection for generations to come.
Let us know in the comments below why you collect Jadeite dishes!