A History of Waterford Crystal: Uniquely Irish, Uniquely Beautiful, a Uniquely Irish Expression.

Here is a brief history of Waterford Crystal... 

In 1783, two brothers put their heads together and established Waterford Crystal in a busy Irish harbor town.

Waterford Crystal by IrishFireside.  Flickr.com.

The brothers started their company with the express purpose of creating beautiful Irish crystal artwork and tableware.

We think they succeeded admirably, because even after all these years, their product has an unsurpassed reputation for beauty, elegance, purity of color, style and overall excellence.

Today’s Irish crystal is made essentially the same way it was back in 1783: by highly-skilled, Irish master craftsmen.

Have a look!  And if this should inspire you to know more about Irish heritage and customs, please pay a visit to our main Irish trivia and traditions page here...

Meanwhile, please enjoy our short history of Waterford Crystal!

History of Waterford Crystal - What is Unique about It?

Glass- and crystal-blowing is a time-honored tradition on the Emerald Isle. Historical records prove that the Irish have been blowing glass since at least the 1300s.

Today, experts generally agree that Waterford is one of the top three brands of crystal in the world – if not the outright best.

Precise hand-cutting and an exceptionally high lead content give Irish crystal the clarity and sparkle which sets it apart.

Of course, the elegance of the design only adds to its uniqueness.

Whether you’re buying for yourself or for another, look for this special product as an expression of your love for all things Irish.

Here are a few ways you can put the exceptional beauty of Irish crystal on display in your home.

History of Waterford Crystal - Bride and Groom

History of Waterford Crystal:  Give the Gift of Crystal

You can find this special Irish product in the form of stemware, barware or home décor objects.

It is an inspired gift for any wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday or holiday,

For example, you could add a strikingly Irish touch to a St. Patrick’s Day feast by setting your table with exquisite Waterford stemware.

After dinner, you could serve cognac in brandy snifters made by Waterford.

If you feel like going whole-hog Irish on St. Patrick’s Day – or any other day, for that matter – try serving Guinness Stout or Harp Lager in Waterford pilsner glasses!

And the options don't end there.

In fact, a wide range of crystal cake plates, serving platters, salt and pepper shakers, cream-and-sugar sets, vases, candle-holders, centerpieces, clocks and other pieces are ready and waiting to join you in your home or be given as gifts.

They all have the classic Waterford quality – the kind that withstands the test of time.

Where to Find It

Obviously the most exciting way to learn about the History of Waterford Crystal is to visit the House of Waterford in southern Ireland!

If travel is not in your for-seeable future, a great alternative is their online location, which you can explore right here.

To purchase Waterford Crystal, or any Irish product for that matter, a great place to start is The Irish Store.

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What's Next?

At Irish Expressions, our our goal is simple: to provide you with a unique Irish experience, on demand, wherever you are in the world.

If you have enjoyed our section on fun Irish trivia and customs, you have probably been exposed to many of the most exciting traditions that Ireland has to offer!

Will that entice you to visit Ireland - or to return if you have already been? 

We hope so!  

But even if that is not possible, you can still enjoy the magic of Ireland in these pages.  Check out the links at the top of the page for simple instructions on how to explore Irish landmarks, sing Irish songs, enjoy Irish food, and much more!

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Until then - thanks for visiting our short History of Waterford Crystal!  Please continue exploring your Irish side at Irish-Expressions.com.

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