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Ever wondered how is crystal made or what is it made from?

Lead crystal is made silica (sand) that has been treated with lead oxide and hand or machine cut to make facets. This gives the glass a higher index of refraction and creates an attractive sparkling effect that is prized throughout the world.

Englishman George Ravenscroft is credited with discovering lead crystal in 1676. Today all popular manufacturers of lead crystal make lead crystal drinking glasses and serving dishes, as well as sculptures, miniatures, jewelry, chandeliers, candleholders, Christmas ornaments, and home décor items.

Nowadays with the high technology in manufacturing a special high precision machines are used to manufacture and cut crystal which in turn will produce high quality products which will shine and look very brilliant on your fixture.

Lead crystal can be purchased from jewelry stores, fine department stores, and online specialty shops. Prices will vary according to the type of item, manufacturer, percentage of lead oxide, which can be around 30%, and quality of the crystal. Lead crystal is a popular gift for weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and baby showers. In fact, lead crystal keepsakes are passed from generation to generation in many families.

 

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