The Czech lands have been a centre for glassmaking since time immemorial, and Northern Bohemia, in particular, has been a European glassmaking hub since at least the 13th and 14th centuries. The locally-made pure potassium-calcium glass became a coveted commodity in the aristocratic households of renaissance Europe, and the world-renowned Bohemia Crystal Glass became synonymous with high quality, craftsmanship, beauty, durability and innovatively designed products.
As one of the oldest wine glass makers in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, Crystalex holds a firm grip on this beautiful tradition whilst also utilising technological innovations to propel this ancient art into the 21st century.
Under new ownership in 2009, the company reclaimed its place as a world-class producer of glass and crystal stemware, tumblers, and vases. It is also a brand respected for its advanced research and development, its dedication to producing meticulous glass products, and advanced logistics and client service. As a result, they have become the biggest producer of drinkware in all of Czechia. They are among the foremost glass producers worldwide, with over 90 % of their production being exported to over 80 countries.
Crystalex is also dedicated to producing a consistently high-quality level regardless of their rising production levels. For more than half a century, Crystalex products have been carrying the Bohemia Crystal™ trademark, guaranteeing the highest quality in material and production processes.
Products designated with this prestigious trademark have become synonymous with the tried and tested quality of the Czech glassmaking craft. With this, customers can guarantee that they are buying a historical experience and tradition, but with the ingenuity of Czech specialists and modern technologies.
Crystalex’s designers use a spectrum of both traditional and uniquely original decorative methods, like pantograph, machine cutting, painting, or screen printing, often combining them in fresh new ways.
“Pantograph technology allows our designers to cut fantastic motifs, like golden palms inspired by coconut and sabal palm leaves. You can almost hear the rustle, evoking memories of past vacations, hot beaches and frothy cocktails.”
One of the company’s most recent designs that aptly displays their talented work is the Mucha Collection. This brand new collection of champagne glasses gives Czech art a fresh breath of life. Inspired by Czech painter Alfons Mucha, the Art Nouveau-inspired glassware draws on the artist’s classic works while incorporating contemporary design. With two styles, flute or coupe, the immaculate glass and the elegant design fit perfectly with the timeless beauty of the Art Nouveau style. The two-piece coupe set comes in matt black, pink or white and is combined with a delicate gold finish for a stunning contrast. While the four-piece flute set is screen printed and adorned with an etching of the painter’s signature for a graceful final touch. The luxury collection is exclusively licensed by Crystalex and makes for a perfect gift or collectable for those who love classical, enduring beauty.
Another collection that reflects the quality and timeless beauty of Bohemian Glass is Crystalex’s Water Set. Made from premium materials and hand-finished, the Water Sets display this precious natural resource in all its pure glory.
“Water can be more precious than gold, and we chose to reflect this in our new series of water sets, made to give this precious element its deserved elegance. Furthermore, we hope to encourage the use of reusable drinking utensils for a more sustainable future for all of us.”
With such fine aesthetic qualities and the ability to evoke the senses, it is no wonder that Crystalex ships over 50 million pieces of its decorative glassware annually to clients worldwide. But, with this comes the responsibility to invest in creating a streamlined, sustainable and ethical production line. From sourcing to staff, Crystalex is committed to moving with the times and improving these areas. For example, the company now only uses all-electric melting, which does not produce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and other pollutants associated with gas and combined heating methods, while remaining maximally effective.
They also use only certified melting furnaces designed in-house at Crystalex, which assure the most ecologically responsible mode of production.
Moreover, Crystalex also offers intelligent, on-time service which is streamlined for the needs of a modern, fast-paced world while remaining ecologically conscious and whole-heartedly dedicated to sustainability.
This means that Crystalex can ship the unique spirit of Bohemian glass and crystal to the EU and Eurasia, as well as to clients in the Americas, Africa, Australia or Eastern Asia, with a crystal clear conscience.