Heritage Irish Crystal Cathedral Cathedral Set of 2 Large Wine Glasses
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Heritage Irish CrystalCathedralCathedral Set of 2 Large Wine Glasses
Unit: Set of 2MPN:101-13-06EAN:654926009298Code: 14306
- Heritage Irish Crystal Cathedral Pair of Large Wine Glasses
- Height: 193mm | 7.5" Diameter Across Top:70mm | 2.75"
- Mouth Blown and Hand Cut in the City of Waterford
- Full Lead Crystal over 30% Lead Oxide content
- One of the last factories still producing a totally Hand Made Crystal Product in Ireland
- Perfect for White or Red Wine
- Gift Boxed Pair
OK these Heritage Crystal Cathedral Large Red Wine Glasses are not inexpensive. But just consider this - these glasses are mouth blown and entirely hand cut by highly skilled cutters using diamond tipped wheels.
All this is happening in a factory in Waterford the home of high quality crystal manufacture.
The feel and look of the crystal takes me back to when I was first introduced to hand cut crystal, after all the UK had world wide renown for the quality of craftsmanship and product.
Heritage Irish Crystal was founded in Waterford City Ireland in 1990 by Joe Williams. Joe had worked and learnt his trade at the world famous Waterford Crystal Glass factory for over 30 years and held the position of General Manger of the Glass Blowing division.
Joe could see changes in the way Crystal production was going forward, with more and more being outsourced to quality European factories where the end product was not entirely hand made.
Joe could see a gap in the market of continuing to craft entirely hand made crystal glass. He devised a unique formulation for heavy lead crystal along with rapid melting techniques, revised angles for the glass cutters and an improved polishing process.
All of this can be seen in the finished crystal product. Just holding the glass and feeling the depth of the cut and weight of the glass exudes quality. Havens are proud to be key UK stockist's of this incomparable quality crystal product.
So now you know that you are not just buying any glass but an individual work of art.
It is as well to remember:
Long after the consideration of Price is forgotten, Quality Product continues to give pleasure.
Very good quality but should not be compared to Waterford. .............................................................................................. Response from Nigel Havens Many thanks for your review on Heritage Crystal. It is interesting how a brand name can influence a perception of a product. Waterford Crystal closed the factory in Ireland in 2009 and now out source all prodcut in quality crystal factories in Europe. Whilst the product is still very good it is not produced in the same way as it was at the Waterford Factory. As it happens an ex production director at Waterford, Joe Williams set up Heritage Crystal 20 years ago in Waterford city, Ireland, as he could see the changing productiion techniques. His aim is to produce 33% hand cut full lead crystal glass to the highest specification. When you put his product side by side with any other crystal product you will notice the difference. The product has a beautiful sparkle and colour, the cutting is rich and retains the sharpness of yester year crystal. The glass also feels heavy in the hand. All the properties of past Waterford crystal. If one can look beyond the branding, my view is that Heritage Crystal is the finest crystal produced in UK and Ireland. The Heritage brand is growing in popularity and the more people who understand the product the more successful it will become. Perhaps Waterford should use Heritage Crystal to outsource some of their iconic patterns like Lismore and Colleen - now that would be a perfect match.