Waterford CrystalWaterford Crystal designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of crystal stemware, crystal barware and giftware throughout the world. Waterford Crystal is known for the finest quality crystal in the world. It is sought after by collectors and connoisseurs for its consistent look and superb craftsmanship. Each piece of Waterford is watermarked with the word "Waterford", an exclusive signature indicating the name of the finest crystal in the world.
In most recent years, Waterford has built upon its reputation as a leading source of prestigious tabletop and giftware by introducing several new lines. New expansions into tabletop and gifts have occurred with the launch of Marquis by Waterford, the addition of Waterford Fine China, Waterford Fine Flatware, and Waterford Holiday. Each new line reflects the Waterford's commitment to creating prestigious and unique products -- for gift giving, entertaining, and home decorating -- whose classic designs always transcend time.
The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its original founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home." More than two hundred years later, the reputation they established for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality has transcended the intervening centuries.
In 2002, Waterford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Lismore pattern. Almost every year since its introduction, Lismore has topped the popularity list and has been the biggest selling pattern of crystal in the United States. But there are other patterns among the repertoire of Ireland's most famous export that has gained their own following - Alana, Carina, Araglin to name a few.