Waterford Crystal was established in 1783 right in the heart of the Irish harbour town of Waterford. The founders were two brothers, George and William Penrose. Their dream was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home." Over two hundred years later, this dream has been realised beyond any doubt. Waterford Crystal is now truly the pinnacle of fine hand cut Crystal.
Early Waterford Crystal was instantly acclaimed for its clarity and purity of colour. The success of the company continued until it fell victim to the unprecedented harsh economic climate of the time. In 1853 the factory was forced to close.
In 1947, the factory rose Phoenix-like from the ashes and was revived by Czech glassmaker Kael Bacik. He hired fellow Czech, Miroslav Havel as Chief Designer. Havel devoted many hours at the National Museum of Ireland, where he studied surviving examples of the Penrose brothers’ crystal from the 18th and 19th centuries. Havel was inspired by these archive designs to develop the new portfolio of designs. Some of these designs have proved so successful that they have become Waterford icons in their own right. The Lismore design being a classic example. Lismore is now streets ahead as the world’s best-selling crystal design.
Waterford Crystal today maintains unbreakable links with its illustrious past. There is the same dedication to purity of colour, design inspiration and highest levels of quality - core values carried over and maintained from the company’s earliest beginnings.
Waterford Crystal at Wheelers
Here at Wheelers we offer a wide range of designs from Waterford Crystal. These include timeless classics, such as Lismore, Colleen and Heritage. More recently, the design team have collaborated with contemporary fashion icons, such as Jasper Conran and John Rocha to produce a collection of contemporary, clear glass designs.
Waterford Crystal isn’t only about drinking glasses. They produce an astonishing array of household accessories - Vases, Bowls, Cake Knives, Photo Fames, Clocks and Candlesticks. Each individual piece is designed to last and is sure to be treasured for years to come.
Personalisation, Gift Wrap and Corporate Gifts
For a truly personal crystal gift, why not choose to have your item engraved? Our team of dedicated engravers can replicate your special message in a choice of fonts and engrave directly on to your Crystal gift. There’s no better way to remember a special occasion, or people, in your life. We can also gift wrap your chosen present and deliver it free of charge to a UK address.
A gift of Waterford Crystal is the perfect way to recognise an employee’s success or achievement. Do you ever entertain VIPs to your Company? If so, a decanter or a pair of glasses, engraved with your logo, would be a wonderful way to make the visit memorable.