How to Tell The Difference in Quality of Handmade and Mass Produced Glassware

How to Tell The Difference in Quality of Handmade and Mass Produced Glassware

At Stage House Replacements, we offer our customers glassware from a wide range of traditional brands of high-end crystal products. Highlights of our collection of over 4000 crystal items are Stuart Crystal, Cumbria Crystal, Waterford Crystal, and Edinburgh Crystal. Today, we’re going to look at the difference in quality you will find with classic products that make use of traditional glassblowing techniques, compared with those that are mass produced and made by machines.


The main difference between the quality of handmade and mass produced glassware is the strength of the glass. Handcrafted glassware is usually made of crystal glass, which means that the material is mixed with other materials. This is usually an indication of the glassware containing lead oxide, which softens it and enables craftspeople to cut and engrave the product. It generally increases the weight, and causes the glass to refract light.


The ability for the crystal glassware to refract light can also create wonderful rainbows of colour, which is great for use in chandeliers. The higher the concentration of lead, the more sparkling the glassware will be. Due to the increased strength you gain by using crystal glass, glassblowers can also produce thinner glass stems, for example, without them being too fragile to use. This results in a more elegant appearance that isn’t possible to achieve with machine produced glass.


With glasses made in factories by machines, you will always get the same product each and every time. When glass is handblown, you’ll get an added uniqueness. Although differences between your set of glasses will be very subtle, perfect replicas are impossible when crafting glassware by hand. One product can be made by up to four glass craftspeople, so the changing hands it will go through will add not only to the uniqueness in the end product, but also goes to show the attention to detail at each stage of making the glassware.


Glassware has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Since its development in Egypt, the art of glassblowing has been associated with luxury. Glassware has always had a history of being something that offers practical usage combined with ornamental features. The use of lead oxide began in 1674 by George Ravenscroft, but modern crystal can also be mixed with barium oxide, zinc oxide, or potassium oxide, showing that the innovation of handcrafted glassware is still alive and well.


When you use handcrafted crystal glassware, the superior quality is reflected in the price. You are buying more than a set of matching glasses, but instead gain a collection of products with tremendous value in terms of their unique appearance and quality, and their deep history of artistry. Not simply functional, those you buy handblown crystal glassware are buying works of art in their own right.

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To discover more about our collection of crystal glass products, or if you are looking for a particular product, feel free to get in touch with us through web our contact form, or by emailing us at Alternatively, to speak to a member of our staff directly, call us on either 07487769598 or 01708765451. We will be happy to help you with your query.


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