Have you ever met someone who loves trivets? We hadn't either, until recently. We've now made the acquaintance of a woman who collects them - large, small, glass, pewter - any trivet appeals to her. We're not saying we've been shamed into purchasing trivets to protect our delicate surfaces, but we've certainly been looking at them more closely. This River Stone Trivet ($19) looks good to us because it strikes the balance between doing the job it was made to do and being visually interesting.