There are many different brands of crystal, including Waterford, Baccarat, Belleek, Cashs, Kosta Boda, Lalique, Lenox and Swarovski. Other popular brands include Marquis, Orrefors, Riedel, Rogaska and Segvso.
Waterford Crystal is one of the oldest crystal manufacturers, and its roots date to 1783 in the city of Waterford, Ireland. This company closed in 1851, however, and the Waterford of today was founded in 1947 by Charles Bacik. Crystal is also known as flint glass, and this is what was first produced in the 1700s in Ireland. This glass contains a large amount of lead oxide, which is a crystalline structure.