Video: Choosing And Caring For Crystal Glassware
2023 Author: Douglas Hoggarth | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:23
Crystal differs from glass mainly by the addition of lead oxide to the initial mass. The higher its percentage in the crystal mass, the louder, more transparent and … more expensive is the glass. High class crystal - 24-30%. The general passion for minimalism is reflected in the design of the glasses. Today it is believed that good wine does not need decoration, and the best glass is the one that does not interfere with admiring the color and play of the noble drink. Therefore, thin-walled glasses of simple and sophisticated shapes are popular. However, a modest cup can rest on the most exotic and unusual leg.
For those who like to watch how the wine sparkles and plays, reflected in crystal edges, interesting collections of magnificent massive glasses made of cut or pressed crystal have been developed. Accessories look amazingly impressive on the table - napkin holders, small vases, candlesticks, designed in the same style as the glasses.
As for quality, you should pay attention to the absence of turbidity, air bubbles or foreign inclusions in the crystal mass. Clean, sonorous and long "crystal" ringing speaks about quality. However, reputable, well-known companies value their brand and are very strict about their products. The high percentage of rejects entering the battle is considered a prestigious indicator for the manufacturer. In the most expensive series, almost half of the manufactured products are rejected and broken.
Do not wash crystal dishes in very hot water; this will make it dull and may even become covered with a net of small cracks. It is better to wash the crystal in warm water with a solution of baking soda or some mild detergent. After washing, wipe it with a woolen cloth with blue-stained blue starch - the dishes will shine better.
Also, wash crystal products with soapy water with ammonia (1-2 tablespoons per 1 liter of water) and rinse with clean cold water.