Waterford® Crystal Kells 9" Standing Cross
Always in demand are beautiful Waterford pieces inspired by faith, hope and love. The Kells standing cross is a beautiful interpretation of the cross. It dramatically reflects the beauty of the heavens with starburst-like cuts radiating from the center. The cuts produce imagery that is elaborate, inspiring and all-encompassing. Measures 9"H x 5-1/4"W. Comes presented in a classic gray Waterford gift box.
How to Care for Your Waterford Crystal:
Fine crystal should be hand washed separately in warm soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and dried with a lint-free cloth. Do not twist the crystal as this can cause damage. We do not recommend using a dishwasher to clean your crystal as it can dull and damage the surface. The finely made rims are the most fragile part of your crystal glass. Do not turn upside down while drying or storing.
For over two centuries the town of Waterford had produced the world's finest crystal. In 1783, George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House, in the ancient Viking city of Waterford and began the tradition of making crystal in "as fine a quality as any in Europe ... in the most elegant style". The Penrose's knew the secret of mingling minerals (silica sand, litharge and potash) and glass to create crystal with beautiful mysterious qualities. When tapped it sang sweetly. When touched, it felt warm and soft. The magnificent pieces crafted in Waterford's early period set the standards now recognized as the hallmarks of Waterford Crystal. In 1851, Waterford Crystal factory was forced to close, largely due to heavy excise duties.
Waterford's great tradition lay dormant for a hundred years. But when the Irish independence rekindled its passion for the Irish Arts in the 1940's and 1950's, a group of businessmen resolved to bring back to life the legacy that had made Waterford synonymous with the finest crystal in the world. In 1947, they recruited a small group of artisans and under the guidance of these masters, young apprentices learned the art of Waterford Crystal made famous by their skilled countrymen decades before. By 1951, Waterford Crystal was again launched on the world market. By the 1980's, Waterford Crystal became the largest producer of hand crafted crystal.
The crystal on a Waterford lighting product should be cleaned regularly with a soft, damp cloth. Gently wipe away dust taking care not to dampen any of the metal fittings. The metal has been carefully finished and only requires only a light dusting with a soft cloth. Do not use any polishes or cleaners on the crystal or metal.
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