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This storied Irish crystal brand was established in 1783 in the harbor town of Waterford. The founders, brothers William and George Penrose, were developers and exporters in the city, and sought to create the finest quality crystal for drinkware and barware as well as beautiful home accessories. Waterford’s crystal was immediately recognized for its clarity and purity of color, as glassmaker John Hill polished the glass to give it its famous shine. After a period of dormancy from the late 1800s to 1947, Czech glassmaker Miroslav Havel helped bring Waterford into the 20th century. The traditional cutting patterns by the first Waterford artisans provided the foundation for growing the product range, and Havel eventually developed the iconic Lismore style, which remains the company’s best-selling pattern today. With an exceptionally talented team of craftsmen, blowers, cutters, and engravers, Waterford continues to create glass art of unsurpassed beauty, and has continued this legacy for more than two centuries. It's exquisite chandeliers were installed in Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle in England, as well as the Kennedy Center in D.C. Decorative bowls and vases by contemporary designers like Jasper Conran make these traditionally crafted products modern and relevant for today.