The Artisans OfGurasu Explain The Differences Between Glass & Crystal
If anyone has ever wondered what the difference is between ordinary glasses and crystal glasses, well perhaps the arisans of Gurasu may help.
Gurasu produce the finest crystals in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary – the countries of rich heritage and established reputation in crystal craftsmanship.
Much of the Gurasu range continues to be hand crafted in reputable glass factories whose artisans meet the highest standard in hand making all types of crystal glassware from crystal champagne flutes to crystal lamp shades, crystal martini glasses to crystal glass tumblers. Gurasu combines the ultimate in function with eye-catching appeal to make it the perfect choice for your home or as a gift.
Just by holding the glass and feeling the depth of the cut you can tell its outstanding quality.Gurasu is tuned up to bring all lovers of fine things this bespoke quality, hence they know perfectly well what makes crystal so crystal clear.
As Joanna Matyjaszczuk of Gurasu explains:
“It is true that anything that is defined as crystal is also actually, in essence, glass. The difference is that only certain types of glass can be properly classified as being crystal.
It’s all down to the different standards deployed around the globe when it comes to what makes a glass object crystal. It is also dependant on the quality and quantities of lead content of each individual piece of glassware that determines whether it is simply glass or crystal; but even within some countries, the qualities that must be present in order for glass to earn the title of crystal may vary.”
In Europe, says Joanna, glass items that have more than 4% but less than 10% of lead monoxide are categorised as being glass only. In some regions a lead content of 8% to 10% is granted the status of lead glass. Glass goods with a lead monoxide content of between 10% and 30% are regarded as crystal. In the event that the lead monoxide content exceeds 30%, the item is often identified as being lead crystal.
“In stark contrast,” says Joanna,“in the United States, a lead monoxide content of 1% is sufficient for glass to be classified as crystal. In other countries around the world that do not adhere strictly to the standards used in Europe, the range of lead content required before glass can be identified as crystal may range from anywhere between 3% to 15%. Glass with higher lead monoxide content would be classified as lead crystal.”
It is still Europe that dominates the crystal market for creativity and quality and for top quality crystal,Gurasu is fast becoming the only word people need to remember.
Gurasu has crystal for all occasions, including weddings gifts, bar glasses,whiskey glasses, decanters and carafes, wine goblets, vases and champagne flutes.
38 Lichfield Road, London, NW2 2RG. Phone: 0203 664 8694. Email: [email protected]
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