Did you ever wonder what, exactly, crystal is? Crystal as it occurs in nature and in its scientific sense, has a very specific meaning, which is distinct from and has nothing to do with glass. (The Italian word “cristallo” was applied to Murano glass imitations and somehow the appellation stuck, as is the way of these things.) When we’re talking about the desirable transparent material used in chandeliers and glassware, we’re talking about a form of glass featuring a higher lead content and prized for its prismatic, refractive qualities.
Why is crystal considered superior? It’s softer and finer to the touch, it sparkles in the sun, and it dapples prismatic when light shines through it, especially when it’s faceted and cut, as it often is.
There are a few kinds of crystal, one of which is K9, which is the kind we’ve been known to feature. It’s a great choice for decorative lighting for both its high refractive index and its high clarity, as well as its durability. (Fine crystal stemware, on the other hand, is as known to break easily as it is to peal out that satisfying ring.)
In our new families that predominantly display crystal, we’re playing with the concept of taking antique and classic forms and presenting it for a contemporary setting by running it through a heavy HVL edit.
The flowery décor of historic pieces is reimagined three different ways in Floral Park, Tulip, and Beaumont, while Heron embeds a thick faceted crystal finial at the base of vast cone of spun metal in a decadent Deco update.