I love the way chargers dress up a table.
It adds that extra flair to the table setting and makes the table look dressed even after the meal has begun. It is one of the wonderful tools I implement in keeping my Pesach (Passover) seder table elegant and neat (see Seder Table Ideas and Inspirations).
Decades ago, I bought a set of gold chargers to use for Shabbos and special occasions. Then, gold was the only option and it matched the gold leaf border on my china. The chargers were painted plastic and very heavy.
The top dozen of these chargers have been used over and over again and through constant use and cleaning, the gold has rubbed off and they have gotten just a bit grimy. They have really been put to good use, but could really use a facelift.
Besides, nowadays chargers are much more common…
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