It is not for nothing that they say that crystal “sings”: if the glass produces an ordinary ringing, then any vessel made of crystal, with the slightest knock, emits a pleasant, very melodic and soft sound. It is impossible to confuse, so if you are wary of fakes, then there is no better way than to hear if the vase of your choice will sing.
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Bohemian glass is hand-blown by Czech glassblowers from a special composition, which includes not only sand, but also metal oxides, so it is light and crystal clear, just like crystal has reflections in the sun. Different metals are added to the glass to give it a color from red, green to blue and azure, and they also use a new technology to burn different shades on the glass itself.
The play of light and shadow
Crystal glassware is valued for the play of light that occurs on its edges, therefore, the thinner the pattern on the glass or vase, the higher the price of the product will be. By the way, it is the facets that will tell you whether the crystal is real in front of you or not. Look closely at the patterns — you should see all the colors of the rainbow on them! However, crystal edges can be not only transparent, but also matte and colored. Products are painted in one shade or another during the production process. However, the best is not blue or purple dishes, but elite crystal of pearl gray, amethyst and blue shades.
Chic and shine
The crystal vase will stand out from its glass counterparts due to its amazing brilliance. The rays of light, repeatedly refracted in the crystal, illuminate the entire room with their flicker. That is why chandeliers with crystal pendants look so solemn.
There is no second grade
For crystal glassware, there is no concept of the first, second or third grade. All of them undergo strict quality control, and only the best goes on sale. Some manufacturers are so strict about rejecting their products that they break up almost half of the finished products. Nevertheless, you should still be careful when buying. Before purchasing, check each glass for light — there should be no clouding, foreign inclusions and large voids in the crystal (small bubbles are allowed). Then touch the rim of the glass. If it is rounded, then you have an impostor in front of you! Only pointed edges are a sign of real crystal.
If the seller offers you not a transparent, but a colored crystal vase, do not rush to accuse him of fraud — crystal can be of several shades, each of which is obtained due to a certain admixture. So, crystal becomes green when copper oxide is added, blue — in the presence of cobalt particles, silicon paints the crystal in a pink tint, and purple can be obtained thanks to manganese.