How to Tell if Your Stemware is Crystal

How to Tell if Your Stemware is Crystal

Most of the time people tend to focus on the type of wine they are drinking and not so much on the glass they are drinking it from. While there are a lot of wine glasses out there made for specific wines, it can be argued that each person will perceive their wine differently, and ultimately the saying “to each his own”, comes into play here. But, if you’ve ever found yourself wondering how to tell if your stemware is made of crystal, maybe at a party or possibly an old family set you’ve inherited, here are some tips on how to do that.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between glass or crystal to the naked eye. But we’re going to give you just a couple of pointers on ways you can scope out your stemware. Crystal, for one, creates a rainbow prism when held up to the light. Glass does not have this same effect. Crystal also rings. Try tapping a utensil to the glass as if you’re making a toast. Is the sound blunt or is it melodic and sweet? You can also make music by running your finger around the rim of a crystal wine glass due to how thin the crystal can be around the brim. Another way to tell is by weight. Crystal is heavier than your average glass so noting a heavier weight can also give you a clue.

Overall crystal is more fragile but provides a special experience when using it. It is high quality and can provide you with some benefits for your wine drinking experience with its thinner edges and smaller stems. If you have an old set of stemware at home and you’re not sure what it’s made of, try thinking of these things and go check them out. If you’re in the market for a new set, make sure to visit our website!


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