Why does OertelCrystal use different types of glass?
Cut crystal glass
We use lead crystal for heavy hand-cut design glassware such as our Rosengarden and Karlgarden series. In the glassworks, lead crystal remains more viscous and workable for a longer time. The glassmakers say the glass is “long”. With lead crystal it is easy to realize different wall thicknesses in one glass
Lead crystal is softer when cut and less brittle than crystal glass. It does not break as quickly as crystal glass. Lead crystal is not suitable for glass painting, because it deforms when the painting is burned in at about 510°C. Gold rims can just be burned in, but enamel colors cannot.
The sound of Crystal Glass
A very clear misinformation is that lead crystal sounds better when bumped, this is not true at all. Both sound beautiful when the glass is not too full!
In general, I would refrain from the German way of toasting (gently bumping the crystal glasses) !
Joh. Oertel & Co.Kristallglas
Petra M. Schütte
P.S. next time: colored glass, optical glass