Glass and old Bohemian crystal have been a tradition for over 800 years. It was and still is, made in what is today the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. The first versions of the glass were called "forest glass" because of its green color and the predominance of wood in this region. Bohemian glass is considered by some to be the best glass in the world because of its beautiful jewel tones and brilliant cuts. The combination of a high lead content and the raw materials used to create the glass - potash and quartz sand - make Bohemian glass a popular addition to the collection of old cut glass. Today, bohemian manufacturers still use the same models that have been in production for hundreds of years, and there are no identifying marks to determine the age of a part, so spotting real antiquity is a little difficult. Bohemian crystal is most commonly used for crystal glasses, stemware, pendant, earrings, chandelier or necklace.
Bohemian crystal can spark different objects such as vases, candlesticks, bottles, or to adorn jewelry. To recognize if you have a bohemian crystal, follow the directions below :
The meaning of the crystal differs from country to country. In the Western world, however, crystal is most often called glass with the presence of lead. Here you come across the name lead-free crystal; it's just not crystal. We are talking about when we say Bohemian Crystals is glass made in the traditional Bohemian region with a lead content of at least 24%.
Glasses, ornaments, and crystal partsshould not be washed in the dishwasher as they may be damaged by high heat and harsh detergents and lose their shine. Here's how to wash them by hand to keep them in perfect condition :
This process provides a sparkling, stain-free result. If the crystal is very dirty, you can scrub gently with a soft cotton cloth or a very soft bristle toothbrush.