Dartington Crystal Glasses

Part of being a good host is giving your guests the best there is to offer by way of wine glasses, and you will not go wrong if you choose to go with Darington crystal. Crystal glasses have been with us for more than 5 centuries now and they continue to be top of the range when it comes to wine and champagne glasses. Crystal glasses are unique because of the materials that go into making them – on top of the usual materials that make glass they are infused with additional elements that make them stronger.

Back when they were first invented this element was mainly lead oxide. It made the glass stronger, allowing it to be blown thinner and also to achieve more intricate etchings. However as time went by the harmful effects of lead oxide were realized and it was replaced with other equally effective but less harmful elements. Today, crystal glasses contain very little lead oxide if any – the ones that you see in the shop are perfectly safe to use.

Crystal glasses are unique not just because of how thin they are but also because of their clarity – if you are not convinced try and compare one made out of ordinary glass and one made of crystal – you will see a big difference. The special materials also make them the perfect glasses for making a toast – they make a sound that you will not get with ordinary glass.

These glasses are usually designed to be slimmer at the top and wider at the bottom. This isn’t just so that they can look elegant; a slimmer top allows the aromas of the wine to stay while a wider bottom allows for it to breathe and taste even better.

Try Darington’s crystal glasses today – they come in a wide selection but all of them are perfect for elegant dining.

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