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Waterford has a rich Irish history beginning over 200 years ago and while
Waterford is best known for providing the best crystal gifts there is much more.
Learn more about the top reasons to shop Waterford.
How It All Started
The Waterford Crystal story started to blossom in 1783 when two brothers, George and William Penrose, founded their crystal manufacturing business in the busy port of Waterford with the vision to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home." They employed 50 to 70 people and succeeded in producing crystal with a purity of colour unmatched in Ireland or England. Merchant ships sailed regularly from the port of Waterford with cargoes of crystal bound for Spain, the West Indies, New York, New England and Newfoundland. Shop Waterford.
What Makes Crystal Special?
Crystal is a high quality glass with lead content of 24-33% which gives each piece its weight and strength. Additionally the high lead content makes the crystal soft allowing for cutting at sharp angles creating beautiful sparkling refractions.
The Beloved BCS
Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), Waterford has produced the trophy awarded to the BCS Champion Team. In addition, Waterford offers commemorative BCS collectibles, including a stunning football paperweight featuring the winning team's BCS logo.
Jim OíLeary, Director of Design and international Waterford Crystal ambassador, has been with Waterford for more than 50 years. Jim is a driving force behind Waterford Crystal design and quality, creating such famous patterns as Araglin, as well as newer collections that appeal to a whole new generation of Waterford consumers. Learn more about Jim O'Leary.
An Evolution of Art
The Evolution by Waterford collection redefines the boundaries of color art glass with striking designs, dynamic shapes and color combinations. Each piece is mouth blown and hand finished by Europe's foremost art glass artisans.
Lismore Turns 60
Launched in 1952 and inspired by the gothic architecture of the 800-year-old Lismore Castle in County Waterford, Ireland, the Lismore pattern celebrates it's 60th Anniversary in 2012. Learn more about the Lismore 60th Anniversary Celebration.
Lighting the Way
Waterford Crystal Chandeliers grace some of the most prestigious buildings around the world, including: the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Westminster Abbey; Dublin's National Concert Hall; and the Australian House of Parliament.
Made in Ireland
The House of Waterford Crystal, opened in the Summer of 2010 and located on The Mall in Waterford City, Ireland, is a living testament to the original Waterford Glass House. The skilled Waterford Crystal artisans working at this living 'manufactory' create exceptional Waterford Crystal collections that illustrate the dazzling, brilliant, breathtaking and luxurious appeal which one can can only find in Waterford Crystal.
The People's Choice
When the People's Choice Awards were looking to redesign their trophy in 2009, they came to Waterford. Since then, Waterford has had the honor of designing the trophies awarded to dozens of actors, singers, entertainers and celebrities.
Whether you're preparing to walk down the aisle or looking for the perfect wedding gift for a loved one, Waterford Crystal wedding gifts are the perfect choice. The wide selection includes stunning Waterford crystal vases, Waterford decorative bowls & centerpieces, Waterford toasting flutes and other stemware, Waterford wedding cake plates & serveware and much more.
Past Waterford collections such as the Millennium and 12 Days of Christmas collections quickly became favorites. Our new Snowflake Wishes collection is a 10 year series of collectible crystal gifts, celebrates Winterís most beautiful and amazing feat of engineering Ė the snowflake, with a unique winter theme for each year.
Waterford has a long history of creating trophies for sporting events around the world -- from golf and tennis, to football and baseball. In addition, Waterford proudly creates one-of-a-kind commemoratives for major sporting milestones -- like the stunning piece created and presented to Derek Jeter of the New York Yankess for his milestone of reaching 3,000 hits. For your own personal collection, Waterford also offers sports gifts to commemorate our favorite champions... from NCAA Men's Basketball, to the Stanley Cup and the World Series. Shop our crystal sports gifts.
Setting the Table
Waterford has everything you need to set the perfect table for any occasion whether it is a holiday or everyday dining. The wide selection of Waterford fine bone china and dinnerware includes Waterford dinner plates, Waterford bowls, Waterford serveware, Waterford flatware and more offering contemporary style or traditional elegance.
So Much More Than Crystal
A Crystal Anniversary
Traditionally the 15th anniversary is the year of crystal. Waterford offers stunning crystal anniversary gifts including Waterford bowls & centerpieces, Waterford vases, Waterford drinkware & stemware and more.
Monique Lhuillier Waterford embraces the elegant aesthetic for which Monique Lhuillier is famous for throughout the fashion world. With stylish china and flatware, brilliant crystal stemware, and luxurious home accessories and gifts, Monique Lhuillier Waterford is where Monique's flair for fashion finds a new outlet for expression within the realm of fine home furnishings.
In 1966, Robert Mondavi set out on a mission: to produce Napa Valley, California wines that would stand in the company of the worlds finest wines. Since 2006 Robert Mondavi has partnered with Waterford in creating innovative stemware. Shop the Robert Mondavi by Waterford collection.
Keeping it Personal
Personalized crystal engraving adds that special touch transforming a memorable gift into a meaningful keepsake. Waterford offers exceptional quality crystal engraving on many of our products, including Waterford Crystal vases, Waterford drinkware, Waterford bowls & centerpieces, Waterford clocks, Waterford crystal collectibles, and more. Shop Personalized Gifts.
Waterford has an amazing selection of holiday collectibles. From the Waterford Crystal shamrock paperweight, a symbol of Waterford's Irish heritage, to Waterford Christmas ornaments and other holiday collectibles your home is sure to sparkle all year around.
Waterford has partnered with the V Foundation, as a participating sponsor of their largest annual Fundraiser, the V Foundation Wine Celebration. The event is held annually, in Napa Valley, each August.
John Rocha at Waterford Crystal captures the clarity and purity of Waterford Crystal with his contemporary collection of stemware, serveware, vases, bowls & centerpieces and other home decor.
Signature Gift Wrap
From weddings to anniversaries, birthdays and business gifts, our signature gift wrap and gift messaging services enable you to send elegantly wrapped gifts directly to your recipient -- saving you valuable time while making a great presentation. Learn more about Waterford Signature Gift Wrap.
Happy New Year!
Since the Time's Square Millennium Celebration on New Year's Eve 1999, the Waterford Crystal Ball has dropped on Time's Square to signify the start of each new year. Adorned with thousands of crystal panels, the ball features new crystal panels each year to celebrate a new theme. The theme to mark the start of 2013 will be "Let There Be Peace."
Center of Attention
Waterford is known for creating beautiful crystal centerpieces and decorative bowls. What you may not know is a Waterford Crystal centerpiece graced the coffee table in the Oval Office during John F. Kennedy's presidency. More recently, President Reagan kept jellybeans in a specially designed Waterford centerpiece.
Marquis by Waterford "Vintage" drinkware collection lets you enjoy your favorite cocktail in style. From margaritas to martinis we have a tasty drink and the perfect stemware to go with your drink. See our favorite recipes.
Waterford Crystal religious gifts are inspired with rich Irish spiritual heritage making the perfect gift for baptisms, communions, confirmations or other occasion.
Aspen Food & Wine Classic
Waterford has sponsored the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for the past 6 years. The Classic in Aspen is the most prestigious culinary event in the country, where each year the ten Best New Chefs are honored each year. Waterford Crystal awards each of the Best New Chefs with a custom engraved Waterford Crystal Decanter. Shop our collection of decanters, pitchers & carafes.
Waterford Means Business
Waterford's Business Gifting program offers instant savings to businesses looking for elegant, distinctive gifts to impress colleagues, co-workers and business associates. Learn more about the business gifting program.
How Crystal is Made
The powdery lead oxide is mixed with ultra-white silica sand, potash, decoloring agents and topped with broken crystal (cullet). The mixture is fired in thick-walled ceramic pots in a 1200 Celsius degree furnace for 36 hours. Next the crystal is blown with a rod and a wooden block to smooth the crystal. Finally, the crystal is annealed or reheated to build strength, inspected and cut by hand.
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