What is Crystal?
Is it crystal or is it glass? Is it optical (Optic) or is it jade? The information below will school you on the different types of glass and crystal; highlighting their pros and cons.
Optical Crystal: Optical or “Optics” Crystal is among the finest of all crystal, our collection is made from the highest quality raw materials available resulting in absolutely clear and flawless crystal. Well known for its purity, precise cutting, and superb polish, optic crystal is always an excellent choice for elevating your presentation. Available in graduated sizes, all shapes have the look and feel of quality. Optical crystal is manufactured in large sheets then pressed under enormous pressure to ensure it has no bubbles or distortions. Our awards are made from the same materials used in camera lenses, NASA telescopes and high-end visual equipment. Unlike Lead Crystal, Optical crystal is lead free which is perfect for all kinds of engraving methods though we choose to sand blast, which provides the highest quality etch on the market. Each piece is hand polished and beveled to perfection to ensure the ultimate in corporate recognition products. We have a large selection of crystal awards and crystal gifts available in this high-end, high perceived value material.
Lead Crystal: Each of our 24% Lead Crystal vases and bowls were created with large engraving areas to ensure plenty of space to add all your text and logos. Our artisans hand blow and hand cut each piece with the utmost care and passion for this noble and traditional art.
Starfire Crystal Glass: Our Starfire Crystal Glass is a lead free, low iron product that mimics the high perceived value of crystal, but at a cost conscious price point. The raw material for these glass sheets adhere to the highest quality standards. The beautiful polish and beveling on each piece creates a brilliant reflection that has a slight white fiery sparkle, giving it the name. We offer this glass in ½” and ¾” options and have a large selection of glass awards made from this amazing material. Our Starfire Crystal Glass is available in many shapes like flames, diamonds, and towers. We also offer Starfire Crystal Glass corporate gifts like clocks, paperweights, and desk accessories. Please check our website for excellent examples of Starfire Crystal Glass.
Jade Glass: The light green pigmentation on these beautiful yet economical glass awards is caused by its iron ore content. Each piece is hand polished and beveled to achieve its sparkling edge and delicate facets that bring out the beauty. Don’t be fooled by companies that try to mislead their customers with fancy names for their jade glass awards by suggesting they are crystal. The jade coloring is only available in glass awards. Please check our website for excellent examples of Jade Glass.
Marble Awards: Typically offered in dark green or black, this material is created by Mother Nature and is unique because of its variations in colors and patterns. Each piece is slightly different from another piece adding to its natural beauty. All items are sand etched to perfection and we strongly recommend color-filling to bring out a strong contrast in the engraved area. Marble awards are available in many shapes and styles including towers and plaques. We also offer a marble line of corporate gifts including clocks and pen sets. Please check our website for excellent examples of Marble and many other type awards.
What are Quality References?
“Quality References” when it concerns Crystal often relates to what it’s made of. There are many different forms of Crystal and also different forms of materials used to make an award. The following information may help you determine your award needs.
Q100 – OPTIC CRYSTAL:
Machine made. No imperfections. Dimensions may vary slightly. All planes are highly polished. Pure and colorless. Excellent clarity and sparkle. Exceptionally heavy.
Q102 – STARPHIRE CRYSTAL:
Machine made. No imperfections in the glass itself. All planes are highly polished. Glass has a slight aqua tint but is not nearly as green as jade crystal. Very good clarity and sparkle. Substantial weight.
Q103 – JADE CRYSTAL:
Machine made. No imperfections in the glass itself. All planes are highly polished. Glass has a deep jade tint. The thicker the piece the more pronounced the jade color. Good clarity. Thicker pieces in this category have substantial weight.
Q104 – BENT JADE CRYSTAL:
Machine made. Small bubbles and other imperfections are rare and not considered defects. Dimensions may vary slightly. Glass has a deep jade tint. The thicker the piece the more pronounced the jade color. Good clarity. Bevels provide some sparkle. Thicker pieces in this category have substantial weight.
Q108 – 24% FULL-LEAD CRYSTAL:
Machine-blown. Small bubbles and other imperfections are rare and not considered defects. Dimensions are consistent. Glass walls are thin. Full-lead crystal ranges from colorless to a subtle blue tint. Excellent sparkle. Glass will ring when pinged. Not suitable for hot liquids.
Q110 – MOUTH-BLOWN GLASS:
Expect minor bubbles and swirls inherent to mouth-blown glass. Dimensions and weight will vary from piece to piece. Glass may have a very subtle aqua tint. Very good clarity and sparkle. Substantial weight. Variations will occur on styles with hand-cut patterns due to its hand-crafted nature. Not suitable for hot liquids.
Q111 – MACHINE-BLOWN GLASS:
Small bubbles and other imperfections are rare and not considered defects. Dimensions are consistent. Glass walls are thin. Glass is colorless. Excellent sparkle. Not suitable for hot liquids.
Q113 – MACHINE MADE GLASS:
Small bubbles and other imperfections may occur and are not considered defects. Dimensions are consistent. Not suitable for hot liquids.
Q115 – BLACK GLASS:
Machine made. No imperfections in the glass itself. Dimensions may vary slightly. Color is jet black and very opaque.
Q117 – MACHINE-BLOWN GLASS:
Small imperfections may occur but are not very common. Dimensions are consistent. Glass walls are medium weight. Glass is colorless. Excellent sparkle. Barware is dishwasher safe. Stemware is dishwasher safe providing the dishwasher is not too crowded. Not suitable for hot liquids.
Proposition 65 requires us to warn California residents that consuming food or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded-crystal products, or handling products made of leaded crystal will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.