Crystal is used widely as a gift and even more so as an award in business and in sport. Some of the most attractive prizes given are made of crystal and these are in the hands of some of the most successful entrepreneurs and sports people. It’s certainly possible to hire someone to blow and cut the glass and end up with a unique piece, however it can be a costly process. For most of us who want to present someone with a gift we have a halfway option between off the shelf products and something personalised to the individual.
For many people, the idea of a piece of crystal with the recipient’s name engraved is just too pedestrian for many occasions. With prizes in sports and business awards, the piece of crystal is representative, the prize isn’t as important as was being honoured by the body giving the award. Although the piece of crystal will sit on their desk, it represents far more than an interesting piece of design. With personal gifts this may not be enough. Personal gifts are all about showing to the recipient that you understand their ideals, their dreams and their loves. Although some don’t realise this is possible with personalised crystal.
There are various methods of engraving glass, some people use little grinders, others use sandblasting and there are many more methods from craft, traditional methods to high tech, high precision methods. The vast majority of methods are individual to the engraver and it is their skill that will determine what can be achieved. A skilled engraver can do far more than put someone’s name on a piece of crystal, they can very much personalise the crystal. If the recipient is a gardener a quality engraver will be able to create a meadow or a single, delicate rose on the glass. If the recipient is a musician then a finely crafted violin can be embedded in the crystal.
An accomplished engraver can turn a piece of crystal into far more than a simple bowl or vase. Many people have an idea that crystal is all about the piece of glass but it is much more than this. For an engraver, a quality piece of crystal is a canvas. It will let them transfer images and ideas onto a crafted crystal piece. Personalised crystal is exactly that, personalised. It can be personalised to truly reflect the recipient’s way of life while showing that theperson gifting the crystal has a love and understanding of the recipient.