Fine Crystal on a Budget
By Molly Mulvaney, Bering's Hardware
Wedding season is quickly approaching, which means it's time for many engaged couples to start narrowing their wedding registry selections. When it comes to fine crystal, many people assume that it's too impractical or expensive to include crystal stemware in their registry selections. But, rest assured there are many affordable options! Even if you are one of the lucky few who have friends and family who are able and willing to purchase high-end crystal, it never hurts to be aware of all the options out there.
Reed & Barton manufactures crystal patterns that are similar to more expensive brands. Their Richmond pattern retails for approximately $27.50 a stem, so all four pieces, wine glass, wine goblet, iced beverage, and champagne flute would cost around $120.00 dollars. When compared to the cost of some of the Waterford patterns, the Reed & Barton option gives you two pieces for the price of one Waterford.
Richmond by Reed & Barton: $27.50 vs. Araglin by Waterford: $75.00
If the look you are striving to achieve comes in the form of a $200.00 goblet, it's no wonder you've had a chip on your shoulder. In order to achieve the look of a super expensive style, sometimes it's necessary to raise your budget just a tad. Don't get me wrong; $100.00 is still a lot to spend on a wine glass. But, if what you originally had your eye on is more than double the price, then that second option might not look so bad. These next two crystal comparisons are so aesthetically similar that even your status conscious friends won't be able to distinguish between the two!
Orleans by La Maison: $99.00 vs. Tommy by Saint Louis: $230.00
More often than not, the price difference between what you love and what you like will not be pleasing to your wallet. Sometimes, it's not until you add up the total cost of each pattern that you really notice the difference. For example, if you love the tulip shape of Baccarat's Capri pattern, you might want to consider Classic by Vera Wang for Wedgwood. At $110.00 (approx.), Capri will run you upwards of $1,300.00 for a set of 12 wine goblets. If your budget allows and you feel comfortable with this price, then by all means, go for it! Baccarat's commitment to high quality is one of the main reasons for its asking price. But, if you simply want something that looks great, and that won't cause you to cringe every time your friends clang their glasses to toast, try the adorable option below:
Classic by Vera Wang: $37.50 vs. Capri by Baccarat: $110.00
About the Author
Molly Mulvaney is a sales associate at Bering's Hardware in Houston, TX. Bering's is well known for a broad range of carefully selected home goods such as housekeeping products to grilling products and accessories, as well as fine crystal stemware. Molly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending graduate school, doing Crossfit, being outside, watching movies, and eating sweets.