WATCH: This Vintage Kitchen Staple is Experiencing a Renaissance, and We Couldn’t Be Happier
This Joanna Gaines-approved glassware is having a comeback.
There’s nothing new about the latest tabletop trend—it’s been around for the better part of a century. But thanks in large part to tastemakers like Joanna Gaines and Martha Stewart, this old farmhouse favorite is experiencing a comeback.
Jadeite (or Jade-ite) first came to prominence in the United States during the 1930s and 40s, but fell out of favor a few decades later when crystal-clear glassware became the look du jour.
The McKee Glass Company reportedly invented the milky-green glassware in the midst of the Great Depression. According to Apartment Therapy, the Pennsylvania-based company made a name for itself by mixing green scrap glass with its opaque formula, leading to pretty but inexpensive dishware, which became known as "depression glass." McKee’s style was duplicated by other Pennsylvania glassmakers throughout the mid 20th century, including Jeanette Glass, which called its version Jadite, and Anchor Hocking, which called theirs Jade-ite.
In the 50 years that followed, Jadeite became a staple of flea markets and yard sales, which is likely how Joanna Gaines ended up incorporating the vintage pieces into her designs. Now, with her Hearth and Hand line for Target, Gaines is helping to bring the colorful, quirky glassware back into the mainstream.
With the Fixer Upper sweetheart’s seal of approval, it’s no surprise that Jadeite is popping up all over the place now, with charming collections available at places like Sur la Table, Terrain, and Amazon. And, as you may have noticed, it’s taking over social media too.
Now this is a trend we can get behind!