Crystal is a beautiful and unique type of glassware that differs greatly from the average glass. The difference lies in the ingredients used for the two types of glass. While typical glass is created from soda and a mix of lime and silica, crystal is made using soda, silica, and lead oxides. It is this lead content—24% is the requirement to be considered crystal—that gives crystal its iconic sparkle.
If you’re curious as to how you may tell the difference with the naked eye, here are a few qualities to look for. Crystal’s lead content makes it feel heavier than it appears, so if a bowl or plate takes you by surprise as you’re looking around an estate sale or auction. If you hold the dish up to the light, it should sparkle. The lead makes light refract, so the higher the lead content, the more sparkle it’ll have. You can also check the sound quality by pinging the dish with your finger. Glass has more of a dull, thud sounds. However, crystal will have a clear, almost musical sound. Luckily for you, we only carry 100% genuine crystal glassware here at Classic Replacements.
If you’re working on creating a crystal collection or need to replace broken pieces, we stock dozens of renowned brands and gorgeous patterns. In our ever-changing inventory, you’ll find many different types of cups, bowls, candleholders, decanters, and more. We guarantee that each item has been thoroughly verified to be crystal. These replacement crystal options are fabulous as wedding or anniversary gifts. They’re also ideal for crystal collectors and those wishing to add to their displays. Because crystal has such an amazing degree of clarity, connoisseurs of wine and spirits prefer it over standard glass. If you’re unable to find the brand or pattern you need, not to worry! Our offerings change from month to month as our team obtains more discontinued crystal glassware. If we don’t have the crystal replacement you’d like to purchase today, check back with us in a few weeks. You can even register the specific pattern with us and when we obtain it, you’ll be the first to know so you can finally bring it home.
If you have other questions about our replacement crystal inventory, please call us at (845) 357-0160 to speak with our knowledgeable sales staff.