What’s The Difference Between Waterford Crystal and Crystalline Glass?

The short answer is the make up of the crystal with lead oxide content. Take for example Waterford Crystal which
has a lead oxide content of over 33%, whereas full lead crystal is classed in excess of
24% lead oxide content.

Full lead crystal is made up of Silica (sand) Potash (ashes) and usually Red Lead (lead oxide)

The characteristics of Crystalline Glass is below the 24% mark and is commonly known as lead free crystal,
or soda lime. All glass contains a certain amount of lead oxide, but nothing to be concerned about as
regards leaching from acidic drinks or alcohol being stored for a long period of time.

The sparkle will still be there, the brilliance is still there, the weight is still there, but the lead oxide will be in a diminished capacity.

In fact, Waterford Crystal carries a line of Waterford Crystalline Glass which is in the Marquis patterns suite and are usually
used for general purpose gift ware and drink ware and is much cheaper to manufacture than full lead crystal.

Did you know for example, you can purchase a set of 4 Waterford Crystal  Crystalline Goblets for around $39.95 on Amazon and not worry about them breaking, or breaking your pocket book either.

Crystalline Goblets

These prices are a big difference than the cost of full lead crystal, even though they are manufactured by
Waterford Crystal..

Check out these products and learn more about Waterford Crystal and Crystalline Glass

Crystalline Bowl

Crystalline Whiskey Glasses

Lead Free Decanter by Luigi BormioliCrystalline Lead Free Wine Carafe by Luigi

Lead Free Crystal and Dishwasher Safe

One of the best lead free crystal companies is Schott Zwiesel, the famed German producer of glassware has been a leader in innovation style and technology for more than 100 years. This company has many firsts to its credit, including the first fully automated product of glass blown glass stemware. In the 1990’s, as the glass industry struggled with the environmental issues of lead and other heavy metals in crystal, the company was the first glass maker to produce lead-free crystal glass of superb quality and brilliance

Tritan Crystal is 100-percent dishwasher safe-it will not etch, cloud or discolor for the life of the glass. Tritan resists the damages of daily use-breakage, chipping and scratching. Tritan is thermal shock resistant. Tritan is one of the most clear and brilliant crystal, capable of conducting, refracting and transferring light more than any other crystal.

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Tritan tempers the rim, the bowl and stem joint and the foot edge for added strength against chipping and breakage. All crystal items manufactured by Schott Zwiesel are cut with our patented laser technology for a smooth thin, elegant edge. All stemware products are seamless after manufacturing; no unsightly seams remain between the bowl and stem, on the stem , or under the foot of the glass. Each detail of size, weight and balance is carefully studied by experts in the culinary field and our manufacturing engineers and executes to produce a glass for the maximum pleasure with focus on delivering the wine or spirit to its maximum potential. Cru Classic offers balanced styling: subtle and slightly over sized bowl shapes with just the right stem height

# Made of Tritan crystal; non-lead material composed of titanium oxide and zirconium oxide. Tritan is a world wide patented crystal glass material and manufacturing process; 2 step process with blown Tritan crystal bowls and pressed crystal stems.
# Cru Classic: designed with professionals in mind; classic shapes with balance, subtle bowl shapes and just the right stem height; includes all the best sizes; great for any occasion or everyday
# Completely diswasher safe; do not force bowl tightly over dishwasher rack prongs. If hand washing or drying, do not twist stem and bowl while holding one or the other tightly.

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