Established in 1783 in the Irish town of Waterford, Waterford Crystal’s vision was to create ‘the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home.’ Over the two centuries that Waterford has been designing and manufacturing high quality crystal products, they have ensured their place in the world of both functional and decorative crystal stemware, glasses, vases, crystal bowls, lamps and chandeliers. Waterford crystal is fit for royalty as they can boast that chandeliers made of their crystal hang in such celebrated buildings as Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Center.
Also, the 1,070 pound ball which is famously dropped each New Year’s Even in Times Square is covered with Waterford crystals. Arguably the most successful line of crystal in the world is that of Waterford Crystal’s Waterford Lismore crystal stemware. Famous for its amazing clarity and classic designs, Waterford Crystal has recently branched out with the creation of several design specific lines that truly make them into a multi-faceted company. Using their exceptional exacting standards in the creation of their products and with the expansion of their already extensive line into tabletop and gift products, Waterford Crystal has created a proper crystal empire. Waterford Crystal creates products that suit a wide variety of styles and tastes. For the contemporary decorator, Robert Mondavi by Waterford and Evolution by Waterford provide an assortment of chic and sophisticated designs for the modern home. Robert Mondavi by Waterford Crystal offers a number of wine glass collections that are wine variety specific. Waterford Evolution is a long line of vibrantly colored crystal with an assortment of artful shapes. For the classic look, Waterford Marquis presents crystal pieces with clean lines and unmatched quality. With a number of lines and styles to choose from, Waterford Crystal is committed to creating excellent products that work in a number of homes and with a number of styles. The classic and timeless style of the legacy Waterford Crystal lines are without a doubt some of the most loved and cherished pieces throughout the world. Waterford Crystal designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of crystal objets d'art, stemware and gifts for distribution throughout the world. In recent years, Waterford has built upon its reputation as a leading source of prestigious tabletop and gift products by expanding into several new businesses. The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home." More than two hundred years later, the reputation they established for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality has transcended the intervening centuries.
Waterford Crystal has become almost a synonym for the finest quality crystal sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world. Each piece of Waterford can be recognized by the signature on the base with the word "Waterford", the name of the finest crystal in the world.