The possibilities are vast and without boundaries, with each piece telling a story of exemplary achievement through exacting craftsmanship.
Optical crystal is absolutely clear and flawless. When employed in design, it represents the ultimate expression of excellence. The optical crystal that we use at Cristaux is manufactured in large sheets that are up to 3 inches thick. While still molten, these sheets are subjected to tremendous pressure to ensure that there are no flow lines, bubbles or imperfections.
Optical crystal is 100 percent lead free and is extremely hard. It’s this hardness that provides for the brilliant cuts and bevels achievable with optical crystal. We bevel and hand polish each of our pieces to show off the incredible nature of this material. Optical crystal provides an absolutely elegant way to recognize an achievement or express appreciation.
At Cristaux, we consider lead crystal the cream of the crop when it comes to materials. It’s been around for hundreds of years, and pieces are often mouthblown or custom-made by individual craftsmen using molds. The percentage of lead added to the crystal we use ranges from 24 to 35 percent.
Lead crystal is formed when lead oxide and other additives are mixed into molten glass. The lead oxide lends lead crystal a much higher index of refraction than normal glass, which translates into greater sparkle.
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Whether we're polishing, painting, coloring or adding gradients to the final product, we approach surface finishes thoughtfully. We plan ahead so that the finishing techniques complement the materials chosen for your piece.