Six Occasions When To Use Crystal Glassware

As a beautiful and sophisticated choice, crystal glassware is the perfect way to create an impressive setting at your dinner table. The opulence and style associated with fine glassware makes it ideal for special occasions when ordinary glass just isn’t enough.

Here, we take a look at six occasions when we can use crystal glassware:


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1. Christmas Day

Whether for family or friends, Christmas Day provides an opportunity for luxury. Green/red crystal glassware is a perfect choice as it takes on the colour theme of the festive season and adds a splash of colour to the dinner table. Co-ordinate with your crockery and a sprig of holly for a look that truly has the magic of Christmas!

2. Birthdays

Birthdays are momentous occasions in our lives. Whether you choose fine crystals for an extravagant affair or decide on cocktail glasses for a fun-filled night of Mojitos and Cosmos, crystal glassware can help to create a birthday you will remember forever.

3. Weddings

Many couples look to personalising and creating their own momentous day rather than relying on their venue. Coloured champagne glasses and modern whiskey tumblers can really add a touch of class to the table settings, and they’re a great distraction for those unhappy with the seating arrangement!

4. Anniversaries

You may be a husband who reaches for the whiskey tumblers or a wife who delights over coloured wine glasses. Anniversaries are opportunities for people to celebrate your marriage and, however long that has been, it is definitely a time to bring out the crystal and share this momentous occasion with the people you love.

5. Christenings

We wouldn’t advise letting young children near the glasses, but christenings are a celebration of new life and a fantastic chance for all of the family to use your glassware. Whether granddad is using the whiskey glass or your cousin is pouring a little too much out of your brand new, modern decanter, crystal glass can be enjoyed by all generations.

6. Dinner Parties

Our lives are so fast paced in modern society that, sometimes, we forget to relax. Holding a dinner party for family and friends can give you the time to talk, laugh and forget about the stresses of daily life. By using crystal glassware and creating a perfect setting, your guests will really know you care.

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Whether for an opulent occasion or a refined night in, crystal glassware is the only choice. Its durability and timeless beauty means it can be part of all of your celebrations and memories for a lifetime.

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Birds of Paradise Cocktail glass

Birds of Paradise Cocktail glass

Crystal glassware has always been regarded as something special and treasured and until recently it was not something that was used as an everyday item. In recent years, that perception has changed as cheap, machine-made crystal entered mainstream retail and Internet stores. For the classic crystal manufacturers such as St Lambert in Holland this has led to a decade of struggle. Manufacturers have found it hard to find craftsmen with hand-cutting skills, leading to a decline across the entire industry.

Making Colour Exhibition – The National Gallery

It is worth seeing…

Luxury is a great patron of the arts. Perhaps not as intense in the past as it is in the present, the luxury became the driving force behind art in the economic world. As much as I am fascinated by luxury I am interested in artistic masterpieces too. Thus, I was delighted to discover the most recent exhibition at The National Gallery in London and tell you my perspective in the nutshell.

As the press release states the exhibition called “Making Colour”, is the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. It invites the viewer to an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling minerals to crushed insects by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought colour. Apparently, work on this subject has long been a specialism of the Gallery’s internationally recognised Scientific Department.

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Wikiart – Pierre Auguste  Renoir – The Seine At Asnieres The Skiff

An interview with Founder and Creative Director Joanna Maya

Joanna Matyjaszczuk, the founder and creative director of Gurasu Crystal keeps setting up new trends in crystalware. Her design style’s secret? It must reflect on the past but live in the now.



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Birds of Paradise Crystal Collection



What was the reason you decided to form Gurasu Crystal?

My desire was to produce beautiful and timeless objects designed to enrich everyday lives through the use of artisanal skills of crystal craftsmen and craftswomen. The problem, I realised is that for the past decade crystalware was considered as an object too luxurious and traditional to meet the expectations of our modern lives.

The culture of drinking beer in a glass

Travel back in history and open your mind to 1980’s Great Britain. The tradition of drinking beer in a pint glass has changed over the last three decades. Since 1920’s drinking beer was synonym of a glass with a handle called a tankard, in other words, a jug.

In 1970’s this well – known tradition of drinking from a dimpled pint pots which some of you remember from episodes of Emmerdale was replaced with a straight glass.

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The main reason was that it felt more appropriate to drink lager from the conical.

Wedding dresses as design inspiration

Last Monday, as a member of my favourite, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), I was invited to attend the special members evening to enjoy the exhibition with a glass of champagne accompanied by a beautiful and delicate rhythm of a live music.

Joanna in wedding dress with hair stylist

With hair stylist before the big moment

However, it was not for a glass of champagne, although always my preferred companion to anything related to celebration, nor for the live music. My desire was to escape for a moment from the drawing desk of Gurasu and to contemplate on something intellectual. I was curious to find how the relationship between design and protest of different sorts influenced the ways people have created objects with a specific purpose – sometimes for effect, sometimes to communicate, often both.

Gurasu meets Prezola the leading wedding gift list

Many of us might have wandered around John Lewis when choosing gifts for either ours or our loved one’s wedding list. So did I. Until I have discovered something even better, it’s called Prezola, the leading wedding gift list online service.

A couple of weeks ago we were delighted to learn that Prezola was interested in inviting Gurasu Crystal to their crystal ware brands portfolio.

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The platform is very sophisticated and accessible at the same time. Sophisticated because couples can create a list of items for family and friends to choose from the most desired pieces out of a cool 30.000 products from leading brands. Accessible because all those items you have fantasized about are available from the comfort of their own armchair!

For Gurasu Crystal it is essential to be on such a platform as most of our crystal glasses or interior accessories are bought as a special wedding gift. Being a relatively new brand on crystal arena allows us to give our customers more trust and credibility in our brand. Once they decide to purchase from Gurasu, we can start surprising and exceeding their expectations.

Our collections at Prezola include all our bestselling coloured crystal ranges such as Birds of Paradise, Pure Lux or Pineapple as well as Dots crystal votives and empery candlesticks. If you however, cannot find the item on Prezola, they will talk to us and organize desired piece for you!

We would of course be more than happy to find you the perfect crystalware wedding gift from our vast and growing collection.

Summer Saturdays at Gurasu Crystal

I have to truly admit that I am looking forward to our next Summer Saturdays event which Queens Parade, the super trendy shopping destination of Willesden Green High Street, is organizing.

The event runs every first Saturday of each month and this time, we promise, the event will be worth of your visit.

For this Saturday, 5th of July, we invited a stunning flute musician, Jemma Freestone to play in our boutique store at Unit 1 of Queens Parade.

Jemma is a very talented flautist who won a number of reputable awards and we are delighted to have such a skilled artist in our Gurasu shop.

Joanna May and Maciej Matyjasczuk

The idea for inviting Gemma came from a desire to combine classical music and crystalware so that these two can complement each other. For me both crystalware and classical music connect people in a very special way. We don’t listen to classical music and we don’t drink champagne from a crystal glass every day. However, when we do, they make us feel happy, inspired and uplifted. It affects our mood in all kinds of infinite ways and creates unforgettable moments.

We very much would like to welcome you at 4.30pm with a recital by Jemma Freestone over a glass of champagne – in crystal glass, of course.


Joanna May

Founder & Creative Director