The different types of GLASSWARE are:
STEMWARE: consists of wine glasses, flutes, goblets (water), iced beverage, cordials, brandy snifters, martini glasses, and more.
BARWARE: consists of double old fashioned (on the rocks), highball, beer mugs and pilsner (tall beer glass.)
EVERYDAY: includes juice, beverage (cooler) and ice tea, and more.
Glassware is sold both individually and in sets. Sets may vary ranging from 4 to 16-piece starter sets that include the basics. Glassware comes in different grades of quality and styles ranging from casual to formal in styles that run the gamut from traditional to contemporary.
materials and craftsmanship
GLASSWARE is made from a combination of sand, ash and limestone and at times lead or lead oxide. These materials are fired at a high temperature to form a molten material which is then shaped.
MOUTH BLOWN: Molten material is blown by mouth and shaped into form. Variations may appear from piece to piece. These variations, as well as small bubbles are a mark of the finest quality and craftsmanship.
PRESSED/MOLDED: Is created by hand or machine using a mold. Mold marks may appear where the mold and glassware were separated, but the marks are generally smoothed out as part of the finishing process.
The addition of lead creates lead crystal.
COMPOSITION: Lead crystal is created when lead or lead oxide is added to the glass, lending it brilliance and clarity. 24% lead is the industry standard, giving brilliance and edge.
CUT CRYSTAL: Mouth blown lead crystal may be cut by hand or machine, allowing for intricate designs and creating angles which beautifully reflect light.
COLOR IN CRYSTAL: Color may be blended with the glass mixture, allowing the color to form completely through the glass or applied only to the surface of the glass. This is also referred to as dipped.
ETCHED/FROSTED: A semi-opaque, textured surface which may be either white or gray in color, is created by sandblasting, an acid bath or by firing a powdered glass onto the surface of the glass creating a beautiful texture.
styles and design
There are so many glassware designs to choose from to reflect your own personal style and taste. Don't be afraid to mix and match. Commonly available patterns include gold band, platinum band, plain, cuts or no cuts, frosted/etched, and colored glass.