Caithness paperweight, Royal Scott crystal, Darlington Crystal

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The production of glass is a natural phenomenon that happens when the basic ingredients of sand and minerals melt as a result of natural high temperatures. The glass is created when the ingredients cool and solidify rapidly. There are only a few occurrences where this happens to form natural glass; when lightning strikes sand, when lightning strikes rocks and when a meteorite collides with Earth. However glass is used on a huge array of products across the entire globe. As the circumstances to create natural glass are so few and far between it begs the question of how the huge amount of glass we use comes from.



It is reported that humans first discovered how to create glass themselves in Syria around 5000BC. According to the stories of the ancient roman historian, Pliny, Phoenician merchants found out about the existence of glass when they rested their cooking pots on blocks of nitrate by their fire on the beach. Because the fire was so hot the blocks eventually melted and mixed with the sand of the beach, forming an opaque liquid. The rest, as they say, is history!



The first settlements found to be creating glass objects are the Eastern Mesopotamians and Egyptians, around 3500BC. They were making mainly non-transparent glass beads. There is evidence of other glassmaking taking place independently in Mycenae (Greece), Chine and North Tyrol.



Glass-making and glass design for art and decorative objects evolved throughout the centuries and is now a thriving industry. Until the 20th century glass factories existed where many skilled workers created the pieces, using designer’s drawings. Technological advances in the 1960s made it a lot easier for glass to be manipulated. This meant that many artists started to work with glass and experiment artistically independently and in small groups, giving birth to the glass movement.



In modern times glass is extremely accessible for everyone and it is very easy to find the style you like. Companies such as Royal Scot produce handmade and hand-cut traditional pieces, and Royal Scot crystal has become synonymous with elegant and sophisticated homewares. Darlington Crystal produce more contemporary and simplistic designs and work in both glass and crystal. An ideal option for a gift is a Caithness paperweight. There are a wide variety of designs to suit everyone’s tastes and there are also limited edition versions available for the discerning art collector.





About Table Top Traders: We are a Weymouth-based company that specializes in trading luxury cutlery and kitchenware online. We strive on improving customer choice and offer quality goods like Arthur Price silver cutlery, Richard Sheffield Knives, Dartington Crystal, Caithness paperweight, Chasseur, Royal Brierley and Royal Scot crystalto name but a few.

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