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Baccarat began in 18th-century France by the Bishop of Metz as a glassmaker, crafting basic windowpanes and drinking cups. In 1816, the company expanded with a new owner, Aime-Gabriel D'Artigues, and started manufacturing crystal. In 1823, Baccarat was commissioned by Louis XVIII to make tableware. The company was hallmarked by fine crystal furnishings, including stemware, chandeliers and paperweights in styles ranging from Neoclassical to Art Nouveau. Baccarat invented the technique of embedding sulphides in paperweights, which was perfected over the years and continues to be used today. Designs by George Chevalier, who collaborated with Baccarat starting in 1916 and continued designing for them for over five decades, brought the firm into the modern age. More presently, internationally world-renowned designers, Philippe Starck, Mathias and Marcel Wanders, to name a few, have collaborated with Baccarat to create breathtaking crystal chandeliers, paperweights and more. Today, the company features stunning crystal pieces in contemporary and classic designs, and is hailed as the leader in crystal furnishing worldwide. Baccarat’s crystal is coveted for bridal registries and showers, and makes the perfect signature gift for just about any celebration.