William Yeoward Crystal

William Yeoward Crystal, Luxury Table and Home Accents

William Yeoward Crystal is a stunning collection of European hand cut, fully leaded crystal.  If you are looking for special stemware, or need a beautiful “something” to grace your home, you are sure to find it from William Yeoward.  The collection includes an extensive range of candleholders, decanters, vases, cake stands and more.  William Yeoward Crystal designs are inspired by antique pieces originally made in England during the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Every piece of William Yeoward Crystal is entirely made by hand using the same traditional methods employed over 150 years ago.  Unusual hand cutting and engraving are distinctive elements, producing beautiful yet practical pieces.  Products are made in a variety of European locations.  And don’t forget to check out William Yeoward Country, including American Bar and Studio, for unleaded glassware with a casual aesthetic.

William Yeoward and John Jenkins

William Yeoward is a noted designer in London, and Timothy Jenkins, a third generation owner of the family crystal business, John Jenkins & Sons Ltd., founded in 1901.  At a chance meeting in 1993, they discovered a shared passion for antique crystal and so began their collaboration.   Together, they have access to the world’s best private collections which inspire their designs, now numbering over 1000 pieces.  The company has received many accolades, including from HRH The Prince of Wales, having designated William Yeoward Crystal as the royal supplier of crystal glass.  

A Brief History of Lead Crystal

Though glass with lead content first appeared in Mesopotamia in 1400 BC, it reached industrial scale production in England in the 1600’s when it was sold by weight with minimal decoration.  In the 18th century, English lead glass gained popularity throughout Europe and was ideally suited for cut glass decoration due to its relatively soft properties.  The addition of lead to molten glass increases its refraction index, which provides “sparkle”.  Cutting multiple facets into the glass makes it sparkle even more, which makes it so desired for its beauty and brilliance. 

Prop 65 Warning

Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products or handling products made of leaded crystal will expose you to lead - a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  These products meet all FDA requirements for food safe use.

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