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Welcome To Cavan Crystal Design

Company History

History

Handcrafted CrystalCavan Crystal is the second oldest crystal factory in Ireland and was founded in 1969 by six successful business men from the Cavan town area. These men were committed to bringing much needed employment to the town by encouraging industry, craftsmanship and tourism.

The Craft of Crystal Making seemed to be the perfect choice and so the first factory was erected and the cutting of crystal began in Cavan. It was history in the making.
Cavan Crystal today has the same dedication to the purity of color, to the same design inspiration and to the same pursuit of highest quality levels possible. The traditional cutting patterns are still the design basis for the growing product range of the company.

While our range today maintains its traditional standards, it has also been expanded to include some more contemporary crystal ranges like the Balavaun and Opus suites. Cavan Crystal's senior designer Seamus Comac is continuously re-designing our standard range of products and has won the "Product of the Show" Award for our Balavaun Collection.

Cavan Crystal, today, is one of the leading brands of premium crystal. Its products - fabulous handcrafted crystal trophies, stemware, giftware and lightingware - are designed and manufactured to the highest standards.


History on the crystal making process

The crystal mix - silica sand, potash and litharge are transformed into molten crystal in a huge furnace heated to1200° C.

The glass blowers work around the furnace to create the blank crystal chamber and it's their talent and experience that will determine the thickness of each piece.

The blown crystal shape needs to be quickly transferred to the annealing oven. This allows the crystal to reach normal air temperature slowly, thereby avoiding stresses caused by rapid cooling, contraction and inevitable breakage. Annealing can take from two hours for a wine glass to about 16 hours for a large sports trophy.

The Blowers leave a blank shape of crystal for the master cutters. A rough geometric guide of the design is marked on the blank, but the ultimate position and depth of cut is rendered by the cutter's own sight and feel.