Retailers who sell lead crystal vases include Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Waterford. Lead crystal vases are of higher quality than glass vases and prices range from under $100 to over $1,000 per vase as of 2015, depending on design and craftsmanship. Many crystal vases are made of clear or frosted glass, while others incorporate various colors of crystal.
Designers such as Kate Spade offer crystal vases through retail outlets such as Nordstrom. Admirers of Waterford-brand lead crystal vases can purchase its vase designs from department store retailers or at its website. Waterford crystal vases come in traditional curvy, round shapes, but some are square or have asymmetrical lines. Other brands of crystal vases sold by retailers include Daum, Baccarat and Lalique.
Lead crystal glass vases are made from a combination of lead oxide, soda and silica, which is derived from sand. The higher lead content in crystal glass makes it clearer and stronger than ordinary glass made of lime, silica and soda. A vase marketed as crystal must have at least 24 percent lead content. A simple way to tell if a vase is made of crystal is to gently hit it and listen for a "ting" sound.