Cameo Austrian Crystal

Cameo Austrian Crystal

Everyone has heard of Swarovski’s Austrian Crystal, but what, exactly is Czech crystal glass? Czech crystal is a glass that is made in present-day Czechoslovakia, or the Czech Republic. Czech crystal is in fact, much older in origin than Swarovski’s. Prior to the formation of the country of Czechoslovakia, the entire region was known as Bohemia. In that region, the products made there were known as Bohemian crystal, or Bohemian glass. This is the crystal that all of our grandparents used to collect and is still used in jewelry and collectible items today.

Glass has been made in the Czech region since the early Bronze Age. At that time, the area was primarily occupied by the Celts. The glass-making tradition continued through to the Benedictine Monks, who used it to produce religious items such as drinking glasses adorned with beads, rosaries, and adornments in cathedrals. Special intricate engraving and cutting started in the 16th century under Emperor Rudolph II. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the popularity of Czech crystal and glass surpassed even that of the Venetians! This lasted until World War II, which pretty much wiped the area’s production and popularity until very recent times.

The main difference between Czech crystal beads and Swarovski’s Crystal beads, is the lead content. Czechoslavkia’s products are, in fact, just cut glass. The Czechs do not use lead in the production of their beads, they just cut the beads in so many facets that they sparkle naturally! Best of all, their lead-free products are suitable for use in the new CPSIA Jewelry Laws for Children!

Hollie Rougeaux Souza, owner and jewelry designer for http://www.bebeclaire.com, a Jewelery and Accessories Boutique for Baby, Child, and Adult. Specializing in mother bracelets, baby name bracelets, Wedding and Bridal jewelry, sterling silver, Swarovski and Czech crystal jewelry, 14kt gold accent jewelry, and custom silver items.

Cameo Austrian Crystal
Cameo Austrian Crystal
Cameo Austrian Crystal

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