40 piecesettings for 8, diplomat pattern a7078 gorgeous bone china never used from 1985. 8 dinner plates, 8 salad plates, 8 bread and butter plates, and 8 cups and saucers. Excellent condition due to non use. Beautiful floral print and black and gold trim. Actual: 1980 – 1987. Pattern: diplomat by mikasa (mikdipl). Description: bone china, floral, black band, 24k gold trim. Bone china is one of the most durable materials used to produce dinnerware. Ash is added during the mixing process to give strength and that special feeling of luxury known to bone china. Similar to fine china, bone china can be decorated with gold or platinum to add a formal finished look, but many patterns without these still convey a formal, elegant presentation. Bone china is considered the top of the line because of this unique combination of elegance and strength. Mikasa bone china is dishwasher and microwave safe. Patterns with metallic decals may be excluded. All patterns are marked to guide correct use. Firing temperatures vary from 1475f. Depending on the finish. This item is made of bone china.