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Browse our selection of elegant hand cut lead crystal and delicate hand painted porcelain from Poland.  A variety of shapes and sizes are sure to please.  Many more items are in the store, so come visit and see the full collection!

GLASS HISTORY:
The history of man made glass dates back almost five-thousand years, and was first used in the area of ancient Mesopotamia (currently Syria and Iraq).  The first pieces of mouth-blown glass were created by the Phoenicians, in 50 BC.  Phoenicia was part of the Roman Empire.  It is said that the Romans made so much glass, that it took until the 1800s to exceed their production.

WHAT IS GLASS MADE OF?
The most common glass formula is 70% silica sand, 10% limestone, and 20% soda ash.  Metallic oxides are added to the glass to change the color from crystal clear to a full range of colors.  For example iron oxide (commonly known as 'rust'), is used to color the glass green.  Copper oxide makes the glass turn turquoise blue.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLASS AND CRYSTAL:
While cut glass has been around for over 2000 years, crystal has only been in existence since the middle of the 17th century. Crystal contains lead oxide which dramatically increases its weight as well as improves its luster and clarity.  Lead oxide also softens the glass, allowing it to be hand cut with diamond tipped wheels, creating elaborate surface patterns to reflect light, with almost diamond-like brilliance.  Most metal oxides color the glass, whereas lead oxide does not.

WHAT IS "FULL-LEAD CRYSTAL"?
Full lead crystal has at least 24% lead oxide content, with the maximum being 33%.

HOW DO I CARE FOR CRYSTAL?
Full lead crystal is softer which makes it easier for the artisan to cut. This “softness” makes it more prone to fine scratches on its surfaces. Crystal should be stored properly, so as to reduce the chances of scratching, chipping and other blemishes to occur.  Additional tips to care are as follows:

• Never wash in a dishwasher
• Never use a damp cloth for drying
• Never stack one glass inside another
• Never expose crystal to boiling water or the freezer

Put these simple rules into practice and your investment should increase steadily in value.
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Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Amber Bubbles Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Blue Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Cranberry
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Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous amber interior core, surrounded by flurry of bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Blue Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Cranberry
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Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Cranberry Bubbles Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Violet Bubbles Art Glass Paperweight - 3-side - Cranberry Bubbles
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Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous cranberry interior core, surrounded by flurry of bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous violet interior core, surrounded by flurry of bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the Three-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous cranberry interior core, surrounded by a flurry of bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed
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Art Glass Paperweight - 3-side - Purple Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Amber Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Blue
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Art Glass Paperweight - 3-side - Purple Three-sided art glass paperweight, with a dark amber interior core, surrounded by miniature bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the ar Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Blue
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Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Blue-Yellow Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Cranberry Frost Art Glass Paperweight - 4-sides - Amber
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Art Glass Paperweight - 3-sides - Blue-Yellow Three-sided art glass paperweight, with a frosted base with cranberry ribbon and a few bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the artist Four-sided art glass paperweight, with a dark amber interior core, surrounded by miniature bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the art
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Art Glass Paperweight - 4-sides - Cranberry Art Glass Paperweight - Round Purple Art Glass Paperweight - Round Ruby Bubbles
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Art Glass Paperweight - 4-sides - Cranberry Art Glass Paperweight - Round Purple Round art glass paperweight, with a ruby interior core, surrounded by miniature bubbles, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the artist on the
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Crystal Cake Stand - 8" Crystal Stemmed Brandy Glass - Set of 6 Crystal Tulip Shaped Wine Glasses - Set of (6)
Our Price: $60.00
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Crystal Cake Stand Genuine brilliant Polish 24% lead crystal hand cut with a pinwheel design in a stunning set of (6). Beautiful set of six crystal tulip shaped wine glasses.  Classic diamond cut pattern all done by hand in Poland.  Six different colors in a set.
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Crystal Tulip Shaped Wine Glasses II - Set of (6) Genuine Hand Cut 24% Lead Crystal Small Cookie Jar - 7" Tall Large Art Glass Paperweight 2-side Amber Delight
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Beautiful set of six crystal tulip shaped wine glasses.  Classic lace cut pattern all done by hand in Poland.  Six different colors in a set. Genuine Hand Cut 24% Lead Crystal Cookie Jar - 7" Tall Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous amber interior core with a peackock feather design, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the artist.
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Large Art Glass Paperweight 2-side Amber Night Large Art Glass Paperweight 2-side Rising Violet Large Art Glass Paperweight - 2-side - Fantasy Blue
Our Price: $65.00
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Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous amber an dblue interior core with a peackock feather design, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown and hand finished in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous violet and white interior core with a peackock feather design, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and signed by the artist. Two-sided art glass paperweight, with a gorgeous blue interior core with a peackock feather design, in a classic teardrop shape.  Each piece is hand blown in Poland.  Made with the highest quality craftsmanship and hand-signed by the artist.
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Opole Hand Painted Porcelain Teacup and Saucer (Medium) Polish Amber Crystal Covered Candy Dish Polish Amber Crystal Floral Basket 5.5" - 14cm Tall
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Opole Hand Painted Porcelain Teacup and Saucer (medium) Amber colored cased crystal is a Polish specialty.  Hand blown, cut and polished from the "Julia" factory in Poland,  this beautiful covered candy dish features a swan on two sides. Beautiful etching. Amber colored cased crystal is a Polish specialty.  Hand cut and polished from the "Julia" factory in Poland,  These crystal baskets are uniquely Polish with 2 flower designs - one one each side of the basket.
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Polish Amber Crystal Hummingbird Basket 5.5" - 14cm Tall Polish Amber Crystal Pear Shaped Container Polish Amber Crystal Vase "Floral Wonder" 9.5" - 24cm Tall
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Amber colored cased crystal is a Polish specialty.  Hand cut and polished from the "Julia" factory in Poland,  These crystal baskets are uniquely Polish with 6 intricate hummingbird designs cut all around the basket. Amber colored cased crystal is a Polish specialty.  Hand blown, cut and polished from the "Julia" factory in Poland Amber colored cased crystal is a Polish specialty.  Hand blown, cut and polished from the "Julia" factory in Poland,  this beautifully shaped vase features flowers on two sides.
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