Happy Birthday to the Lismore pattern

Our beautiful Lismore pattern turns 66 today, inspired by Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford.

But how does a castle turn into glassware?Take a look at the turrets and leaded windows that inspired Miroslav Havel’s Lismore pattern, introduced in 1952 and to date Waterford Crystal’s bestselling pattern. You will find the spark of inspiration behind the elegant collection at Lismore Castle in the village of Lismore, Co. Waterford.

The Castle is perched spectacularly on a cliff high above the River Backwater near the Knockmealdown Mountains. It has passed through many owners and endured many wars; been the seat of archbishops, a home of Sir Walter Raleigh and to the Earl of Cork. For centuries now it has been in the possession of the Dukes of Devonshire.

A wonderful example of the creative crossovers that marry together our heritage and craftsmanship. A fusion of inspiration from the landscape and skills passed down generation to generation. Such a story lies behind Lismore, the most enduring crystal-cut in history. The Lismore Collection was launched in 1952 and now, over 66 years later, it is the only design from this period that still remains.

Of all of Waterford Crystal’s cuts Lismore is the most loved, continuing to add grace and beauty to any home. The leaded windows and turrets of this picturesque Castle have been recreated in the cutting pattern. A classic crystal that has simple cuts and balanced beauty as fresh today as they were when they were first inspired. It is the combination of wedge cuts and open plain diamond cutting which has become synonymous with the Lismore Collection.

Here’s to the next 66 years of Lismore and the dream of living a crystal life!