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Crystal: a classy affair

We round up some of the leading brands in the crystal sector in our annual feature

Crystal by defi nition sits in the high end of the glassware market. Product here is often traditional in style, matched with high price points. For retailers, crystal is a great opportunity to showcase the glamorous, create striking displays and most importantly secure strong sales at the tills. More so than regular glassware, crystal lends itself favourably to the gift sector, making a traditionally very popular gift, especially for special occasions and landmark life events. The skills in creating good quality crystal are more often than not steeped in history. Here is our annual crystal feature, we showcase the offering from some of the key brands in the market on their latest stems, tumblers and vases for the Tabletop setting.

Royal Scot Crystal

Royal Scot Crystal offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of wine suites under one brand - encompassing classic, traditional and contemporary designs and produces Britain’s largest collection of quality hand cut crystal.

The Kintyre collection, one of the very earliest Royal Scot Crystal designs, is a true refl ection if the brand’s traditional craftsmanship. This British hand cut crystal wine suite includes decanters and is available in luxury silk lined boxes or gift boxes. 24 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL Dartington Crystal

Inspired by home stylist’s use of antique pitchers for vases, Hilary Green - lead designer at Dartington Crystal - has created the colourful and eclectic Posy Pitchers collection to add a retro feel and fl ash of colour to every interior.

Classic forms and fi nish

are beautifully offset by jewel- bright handles in fi ve delicious shades. Ideal for displaying fl oral arrangements, each piece also makes a practical addition to any kitchen or table. Quirky and chic in every setting, the handmade crystal Posy Pitchers range starts at just £45.

Belleek Pottery Ltd

The Belleek Group North America now manages the distribution, sales and marketing of Belleek Classic, Belleek Living, Galway Crystal & Aynsley Fine China.

Galway Crystal has long been one of the world’s best known and loved brands of traditionally crafted lead crystal. Nestled in the heart of the West of Ireland, on the shores of Galway Bay, Galway Crystal is steeped in the rich and diverse heritage of this unique hinterland. Inspiration comes from the sheer beauty of the surrounding countryside – Connemara, Galway Bay and Lough Corrib and from the wealth of history and folklore which is synonymous with Galway.

Beautiful ranges of tabletop stemware and giftware refl ect these infl uences in their timeless elegance. Galway Crystal does not shy away from the modern look however with the creation of simplistic, fl uid yet stylish patterns that refl ects the modern lifestyle.

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