What does Lead Crystal mean?

Lead Crystal is a mix of quartzsand, potash and leadpigment and it is the synonym for sophistcated juwelry, decoration and glassware.

Lead Crystal – in contrast to silicate comodity glass, such as windows, bottles or drinking glasses – is a mix of quartzsand, potash and leadpigment (Pb3O4), and it is the synonym for sophistcated juwelry, decoration and glassware like rhinestones, chandeleers, drinking glasses, carafs.

Classically „maunfactured“ pieces are blown by man, they are cut by hand with stone discs and polisched in hydrofluoric acid. This is the procedure of masterly quality.

Due to the erosion of craftsmanship minor quality pieces is made by all stamped glass from factories even without any cutting – a sad reality!

Where does Lead Crystal come from?

The “home” of Lead Crystal is the area of Bohemian Forests and the Erzgebirge.

The “home” of Lead Crystal is Central Europe, the area of Bohemian Forests (Czechia, Bavaria) and the Erzgebirge (Czechia, Poland). There the renown traditional manufacturers were located. In the course of the changes in former Eastern Block Countries some of those disapeared. Today a group of small expert companies (for blowing, cutting and polishing) are carrying on the tradition an the art of Lead Crystal Glass!

The history of bohemian hand-cut lead crystal

Starting in the Middle Ages glass had been made in Bohemia. The invention of lead crystal cultivated this trade and more than 150 years ago the Bohemian School of Glass Processing was among the leaders in the world.

Since the times of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire Bohemian Crystals have been decorating the courts and houses of the aristocracy and the elite. Untouched by any fashion trends hand-cut lead crystals have remained precious pieces. Their precise edges, the silver shine of the cuts as well as the fine ornaments – such pieces require the human hand and cannot be made by machine. The quality of these crystal pieces is determined by several factors: the crude glass with a lead content of 24%, the highly skilled masters with a keen eye, steady, experienced hands, a sense for the artful ornaments and a deep understanding that each piece is special. The correct selection of hand blown pieces and the proper use of the adequate traditional tools (stonediscs) also play an important role.