Our beautiful Lismore pattern turns 69 today, October 23nd 

The famous Lismore pattern was created in 1952 by Miroslav Havel, Waterford’s Chief of Design who drew inspiration for the pattern’s signature diamond and wedge cuts from the rugged charm of Lismore Castle in the idyllic countryside of County Waterford.

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 68 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. 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.

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. 2012 marked six decades of Lismore, and the Lismore 60th Anniversary Collection, including the Lismore Saucer Champagne celebration piece, acclaims an iconic crystal pattern. 

Having originally embellished a simple water goblet, the Lismore pattern is now intricately adorned on a beautiful selection of luxury crystal glassware, barware, homeware, such as tumblers, wine glasses, vases, bowls and picture frames. Much emulated as the zenith of perfection, brilliance and beauty, it is also a universal symbol of chic elegance. 


Of all of Waterford Crystal’s cuts Lismore is the most loved, continuing to add grace and beauty to any home. Here’s to the next 66 years of Lismore and the dream of living a crystal life!