(S) STRASS CRYSTAL : Absolute perfection.
Considered the finest crystal in the world. Strass is manufactured by Swarovski AG in the Austrian Alps. Strass is an optically pure crystal, clear as spring water, totally free of flaws, unique in purity and brilliance. Strass crystal is characterized by razor-sharp cutting of facets with the lead content in excess of 30 percent. Cutting and polishing are done by machine to achieve perfect optical clarity. Strass crystals are treated with an invisible coating which eliminates dust attraction and makes it easier to clean and maintain.
(SAQ) SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL: A beautiful value.
A passion for perfection has made Swarovski the world leader in production of cut crystal. Swarovski & Co. manufacturer of Strass Crystal, has created a new alternative quality crystal. Swarovski used advanced technology with olde world knowledge to produce brilliant crystal with precision cutting and superior light reflection. This crystal type is designed for a crystal connoisseur demanding quality at an affordable price.
(MWP) MAJESTIC WOOD POLISHED: The choice of traditionalists.
Our majestic Wood Polished crystal is cut by hand in two stages on an iron and then a sandstone wheel. Each crystal is then polished on a wood wheel with marble dust. These methods go back centuries. If you look closely you will notice faint traces of the wood-wheel attesting to the concentrated labor of the artisan. This is a mark of authenticity. Each piece is a unique and original masterpiece.
(I) ITALIAN CRYSTAL: Venetian heritage.
Venetian crystal (from the glass-making regions in and around Venice) is molded, not cut. You will notice a rounding of edges that comes form fire polishing. Molded crystal though never as brilliant as cut crystal, has a subtle charm and is an exceptional value. It is an ideal budget crystal for heavily dressed and or commercially oriented chandeliers.
MURANO CRYSTAL: Imaginative form.
Each hand blown piece is an original work of art. No two crystals are alike. When color is added, the crystal takes on a whimsical form. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Including fruit, spheres, tear-drops and flowers.
Now that you have learned about the different quality of crystals, read our article entitled The 5 C's of Crystal Chandeliers to help you pick the perfect crystal chandelier.