Giving the Gift of Crystal

Surprisingly, crystal has a great appeal for many of the people on your gift-giving list. When it comes to buying crystal gifts there are a few things that you need to know. Among those things is that crystal contains at least 24 percent lead and that some full lead crystal may contain as much as 33 percent lead. This is what makes it so hard and so lends itself to being etched and faceted in so many lovely patterns.

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Waterford Crystal from Ireland has been prized by collectors for more than 65 years. In recent times there has been a change of ownership which is bound to make some of the older Waterford even more desirable. From wedding and shower gifts to birthdays and anniversaries, you can’t go wrong with a traditional Waterford gift of crystal.

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can purchase a simple bud vase or a set of wine glasses. A decanter for brandy is a classic gift that can be enjoyed by both men and women. An Irish cross will be cherished for religious occasions like First Communions or Confirmations. Clocks are also very popular as a decorating option for mantles and bedrooms.

For a more classically clean line, Orrefors Swedish crystal offers a contemporary take on crystal. The designs have square edges but retain all of the beauty of crystal. Their line includes all the typical pieces you would expect vases, bowls, stemware and much more.

For a more whimsical approach to crystal no one can compare to Swarovski. Especially if you are looking for small pieces you will find not only birds, animals, and fruits but also many pieces of jewelry including watches. Beyond just the clear crystal, Swarovski also comes in colors.

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When it comes to crystal gifts for men, pens and desk sets are an option as well as beer, whiskey, and wine glasses. Waterford, in particular, has a wide selection of sports related items as well.

When price is no object, two French crystal manufacturers Baccarat and Lalique offer crystal gifts of distinction. Who wouldn’t love a Baccarat Crystal desk set or a set of candlesticks or votive candle holder? From Lalique,  perfume bottles have been decorating some of the finest vanities in the world for years.

A gift made from crystal can fit just about anyone on your gift giving list. All that needs to be determined is how much you want to spend.

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