Crystal is known for its clean-cut brilliance, reflecting light in such a way as to almost come alive with the movement of light, creating its distinctive ‘sparkle’. When drinking wine from a crystal glass, the wine’s true colour will be on display instead of being tinted by the slightly blue hue contained in ordinary glass. Crystal’s molecular combination appears rougher than glass on a microscopic level, and this allows wine in a crystal glass to breathe more effectively when swirled in the bowl, thus providing a richer aroma.
Crystal glassware, as well as being eco-friendly, is now more chip-, abrasion- and shatter-resistant, has a more brilliant shine and is tougher and more durable than ever before.
There is a misconceived idea that it is the enormously high lead content in crystal which is responsible for its ‘sparkle’; however, the real reason for crystal’s aesthetic brilliance is due to the use of crystal-line sand instead of soda-line sand (which is used in the production of ordinary glass).
In fact, as technology nowadays allows for products to be more environmentally friendly, the miniscule amount of lead that used to be present in crystal has now been completely removed and titanium added instead.