Waterford Crystal Patterns
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. 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. Much emulated as the zenith of perfection, brilliance and beauty, it is also a universal symbol of chic elegance. . Here’s to the next sixty years of Lismore and the dream of living a crystal life!
The Lismore Diamond collection is a strikingly modern reinterpretation of our Lismore Classic design. It was introduced in 2012 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary- the diamond jubilee.
The pattern incorporates the alternating height uprights, which are representative of the classic design. In addition to the upright cut, ring cuts were introduced and when combined with the upright cut, it creates diamond facets, which are representative of the Diamond Jubilee.
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail on the West Coast of Ireland: a 2500 km driving route passing through nine counties and three provinces, along sea-salted shorelines and through mesmerising countryside.
The House of Waterford Crystal designers have created a new range of modern gift and barware that captures the power and dynamism of this magnificent landscape, home to some of the most scenic attractions on the Emerald Isle.
Once again a castle holds the key to a Waterford Crystal pattern, this time Dungarvan Castle, Co. Waterford, originally built by England’s King John and whose shell keep, curtain wall, corner tower and gate tower still exert a striking presence. The Dungarvan pattern was first introduced in 1986 and through searching through the Havel archives it has been reintroduced. Echoing a pivotal time in the brand’s history, the design mirrors the pattern created by Dungarvan’s skyline.
The suite features in the House of Waterford Collection, Designer Studio and as part of our product range in Stem and Barware.
Who has not heard of the beauty of an Irish Colleen? Here is a Waterford Crystal suite that holds a charm as bewitching and as magical as such a fair girl’s loveliness. Distinctive in its olive and diamond cuts, Colleen is an eye-catching collection of classic, stylish pieces that resonate with all the tradition, authenticity and heritage of Waterford. There are some pleasures in life that never grow old – such as savouring the seductive aromas of a truly fine cognac from a Colleen brandy glass. Colleen, the Gaelic word for young lass, is often heard in tender ballads, sweetly sung by Irish tenors at taverns the country over. Steeped in history, Colleen has the richness of panelled walls and opulent interiors – there is a special luminescence to this cut. The intricate diamond cutting is offset by gracefully fluted ovals, with a close diamond pattern on the buttoned stem. This is one of the most richly cut of all Waterford Crystal suites.
Olives are cut in the crystal using the smooth surface of a carved wheel and. the soft lines of olives are complemented with a series of closely cut symmetrical lines arranged to give a diamond-like appearance. The depth of this cut contributes to the unique brilliance of Waterford Crystal. It is one of the more advanced cut types the apprentice cutter must master.
The marriage of two iconic Irish crafts: deliberately woven with fine crystal cuts, this collection is a sparkling homage to lace traditions.
The Irish Lace Vase has been greatly treasured for its delicate, exquisite beauty:the complex pattern of diamond cuts exudes sparkle; fan cuts and crisscross wedge cuts celebrate the artistry of lace making.Fine crystal cuts in the centre also echo the intricate lace patterns that define this piece, while rings separate the deep wedge cuts on the base.
Seahorse remains designer Jim O’Leary’s signature pattern and features a complex repeat cutting pattern in an interpretive seahorse motif.
The seahorse is both the trademark of Waterford Crystal and included in the crest of the city of Waterford whose vibrant maritime gateway helped the glass and crystal works to flourish. The combination held great meaning to Jim and exceptional pieces in the Seahorse Collection continue to be hand crafted in the artisan studio at the House of Waterford Crystal.