When Rihanna sent her Savage x Fenty collection down a New York City runway in September, the crystals that shimmered were Czech. The hats and headpieces that Stephen Jones created for her? Made with Czech crystals. The 120,000 crystals that dangled from the gold dress Kylie Minogue wore at Glastonbury this year? Czech. The chandeliers that sparkle in Versailles? Czech. The trophies presented at this year’s Brit Awards? At the Tour de France? At GQ’s Man of the Year Awards?
Czech. Czech. Czech.
A Bit of Crystal Storytelling
There is evidence that glass has been made in what is now the Czech Republic since the third century B.C. But as the makers leveled surrounding forests for wood to heat their kilns, they had to keep moving in search of more trees.
When they reached the Liberec region, the area that today is about a 1.5 hour drive north of Prague, they hit pay dirt. Literally. The ground gave them everything they needed.
The region’s sand contains a lot of silica, which is needed for clear, rather than milky, glass. Its ample forests provided wood for fires to heat a mix of sand, silica, potash and soda; add lead and you have crystal. Streams provided water to cool the creations.
During the Renaissance, when the area was known as Bohemia, Bohemian crystal became prized for its sparkle and its elaborate engraving and faceting, which are still done by hand.
The fashion operation is one of Preciosa’s several divisions, most of which date back to the handful of businesses that originally formed the company.
For example, there is the lighting division, which produced chandeliers over the centuries for Prague Castle; Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and the Opera House there; Qasr al Watan, the presidential palace in Abu Dhabi; and, most famously, Versailles. It also is said to have created the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, a 4.5-ton piece with 750 lights, which now hangs in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.
“Many of the towns and villages in what now is called the Crystal Valley are storybook pretty, with cobblestone streets and sidewalks and leafy squares bordered by pastel stucco houses or the occasional old timber ones. And they are filled with crystal workers and their families.”
New York Times
As Designers we are also working with top glass makers, designers and crystal brands in Czech Republic in the region Jablonec, Podebrady, Tanvald. We continue the heritage of Bohemian cut crystal glass. This tradition dates back to the beginning of 18th century and it has influenced the entire glass industry of the world in the course of time. We can state proudly that the Bohemian crystal glass belongs to the best that came into being in the respective sector..
All our chandeliers have the best quality - all parts are from crystal and metal ( polished brass - gold color, polished nickel - silver color or antique brass) and are made in the Czech Republic (Bohemia, Europe Union). At all our chandeliers you can use LED lights, halogen lights or classic lights.
We offer our chandeliers with SPECTRA ® Swarovski ® Crystal (Leadfree Crystal), Full Lead Bohemia Crystal ® or Strass ® Swarovski ® Crystal!!
The blue and gold oval trademark BOHEMIA CZECH REPUBLIC – LEAD CRYSTAL OVER 24% PbO has become synonymous with Bohemian lead crystal. It provides also customers with a guarantee of quality and combination of values by means of those the company communicates: utility, beauty and style.
Homes and Corporate
We provide solutions to homes as well as corporate spaces with traditional or modern lighting solutions including interior such as glass ware, hand cut glass tables, mirrors or bars.
"Each piece is handmade and hand cut using techniques that make the quality stand out"