Stemware & Glassware Shapes

Stemware is available in three basic shapes:
bucket bowl
tulip shaped bowl
flare-shaped bowl

All other variations are based on these basics. The bucket bowl is a more architectural silhouette and suits classic styles and cuts, while the flare and tulip shapes provide a flowing palette for more romantic patterns.

Cut crystal is the most frequently requested crystal decoration and variations on these cuts produce a seemingly endless variety of patterns.

The basic stemware cuts include:

The panel cut is made with a place-cutting wheel, which produces a smooth and even bevel on the crystal. This cut is similar to the one used in cutting facets on gems.

The miter cut is the most versatile of crystal cuts. The craftsperson uses a pointed cutting wheel to form the cuts, which are characterized by a bevel pointing inside the glass. The spike or V-cut is a variation of the miter cut.

The diamond cut is actually a crosshatch of miter cuts, which produce diamond shapes into the glass sides. The cut produces especially brilliant effects on lead crystal. When these crosshatching are small the cut is referred to as the pineapple cut.

Ball and Olive
The ball and olive cut is produced by a grinding wheel that is slightly rounded, creating circles or ovals in the glass called balls or olives. The variety of placement and size of the ovals creates unique patterns.

Gray cut
The gray cut is actually the cut crystal before an acid or buffing polish. All cuts look silky or matte white on the surface of the crystal. By combining polished cuts with gray cuts, the craftsperson produces a variety of patterns. But the first set of cuttings must be polished before the crystal is sent back for the final gray cuts.