Five Fun Facts About Waterford Crystal

Although Waterford Crystal had humble beginnings, it is now considered to be the finest in luxury glass and stemware.  Waterford Crystal pieces are highly regarded as collectible items. While it is likely you are familiar with the Waterford Crystal brand, here are some fun facts about it that you may not know.

Fact #1:  Waterford Crystal has been around since the 18th Century

The company originally opened in 1783 in the Irish city of Waterford.  It was the very first glass-making company of its kind in Ireland and was successfully operated by the Penrose brothers for 70 years.  The company had to close in 1853 but was brought back to life in 1947.

Fact #2: The chandeliers in Westminster Abbey are made by Waterford Crystal

In 1966, to commemorate the 900th anniversary of Westminster Abbey in London, the Guinness family paid for Waterford to design the crystal chandeliers. Waterford chandeliers can also be found in the Windsor Castle and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Fact #3:  Waterford Crystal Designs Trophies

Some of the top trophies earned at sporting events and celebrity awards ceremonies are designed by Waterford Crystal.  Winners of both the French and German Grand Prix Formula One events take home a Waterford trophy as do celebrity winners of the People’s Choice Awards.

Fact #4:  The 2000 New Year’s Eve Ball was Redesigned by Waterford Crystal

To mark the millennial celebration in Times Square, Waterford Crystal redesigned the ball.  It measured six feet in diameter and 1,070 pounds.  Built in its Ireland factory, the ball included 504 triangle-shaped Waterford crystal panels, 96 strobe lights, and pyramid-shaped spinning mirrors.

Fact #5:  Lismore Was the Very First Waterford Crystal Design

In 1947, Czech glassmaker, Miroslav Havel, studied the Penrose brothers glass artistry from Waterford’s origins and then created the now iconic Lismore pattern.  Lismore is still the world’s top-selling crystal pattern.  At Bar & Bistro, we can personalize your Waterford Crystal glassware to create an extra special gift or addition to your own barware collection.

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