Caring for Crystal Stemware or glasses
Mouth blown crystal will normally have a few bubbles within the glass, spotting or slight marks on the glass, this is not a flaw but a evidence that the crystal has been hand made. Crystal is quite soft because of the lead content and must be washed, stored and handled with care.
Storage and Handling of Crystal
Store your crystal where it won't touch other items.
Do not stand or hang crystal glasses upside down, especially those with gold rims, as it can put stress to the rim, which is very delicate. Always store your crystal stemware right side up.
Carry your crystal stemware or glasses one at a time and never twist from the stem. It can be quite fragile and will break easily.
Crystal is very sensitive to temperature changes, allow to cool after washing before adding ice for example. Pour warm beverages into a warmed glass, and put ice and cold beverages in glasses that have been cooled.
Do not allow food or drink residue to remain or harden in a crystal glass for a period, it is always best to rinse as soon as possible
Crystal glassware is delicate and requires special care. Hand wash with warm water and a small amount of detergent (the more you use the more residue will build up) then rinse with warm water. Dry your crystal glassware immediately with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
For glasses with gold engraving or gold rims, use a very mild detergent and one without ammonia.
It is advisable to have a rubber mat or cloth at the bottom of the sink to absorb the impact of dropped glasses.
Hard spots can be treated with a couple of drops of vinegar in the washing process.
24% Lead Crystal, with its exceptionally high perceived value, has been sought after and treasured for generations, and remains a status symbol even today. Take that little bit of extra care and your crystal will last and be loved for generations.