For those wanting to follow in royal wedding traditions, Moser – world-leading producers of luxury handmade crystal – have shared insights as to their most popular glassware sets, gifted and used by royal families worldwide, and they reveal which pieces have been selected for the Moser 2018 Bridal Collection. Moser’s luxury beverage sets, decorative objects and master-engravings have always been popular items for royals, dignitaries, celebrities and those that appreciate luxury crystal.
Frantisek Schneider, CEO at Moser, commented that “the most precious gifts are those that are given with love, and create a memory of a special moment in time. We have customers who continue to add to their original bridal collection every wedding anniversary, which is a beautiful tradition. Every piece of Moser crystal is created with passion and care by our master craftsmen – each piece is handmade; individually blown, polished and engraved with exacting care and using techniques going back over 100 years.”
As for current trends in glassware, Schneider reveals that “fashion does play a part when choosing glassware, and over the past few years platinum finishes are becoming more popular for modern bribes, rather than the more traditional 24 carat gold. We are also seeing a trend where brides are selecting a classic Moser design for the stemmed glassware, whereas wedding guests are choosing more contemporary pieces when gifting.”
THE MOSER 2018 BRIDAL COLLECTION
The Chloe Goblet is one of the more rare pieces available from Moser, with a limited edition of just 300. Designed in 1895, it is one of the more technical pieces for the master craftsmen, and was designed so it can be used from both ends. It is painted in the finest enamels and gold, in a delicate pattern that reflects both Historicism and Art Nouveau.
The Copenhagen Collection, designed in 1909, is one of Moser’s most popular sets at both Royal and private weddings. It is an elegant demonstration of beautiful shape and decoration, chosen by numerous heads of state from around the world, including then-Spanish Crown Prince Felipe (now King Filipe VI of Spain) and Letizie Ortiz, who used this design for their wedding breakfast in 2004.
The Moser Heart is a beautiful gift to recognise the love between a special couple. This multi-faceted 20.5cm hand-blown and hand-cut heart is often gifted by a groom to his wife on their wedding day, as well as presented to the happy couple as a wedding gift.
Lady Hamilton, designed in 1934 and named after the charming 19th century English actress who was the wife of diplomat William Hamilton (and also said to be Admiral Nelson’s lover), is a design also favoured by royal brides and distinguished celebrities. It is a design that is optically distinct, and has an elegance and beauty within each glass.
The beauty of the butterfly is captured in the Motylek collection of individually hand-blown crystal tumblers. Each of the six colours boasts a different butterfly in motion.
Designed in 1902, this tall and elegant design features an engraved motif of a rose in bloom and bud. Under the rim and along the edge of the foot are engraved – and gilded – two intertwined stems with thorns and leaves, which is symbolic of the joining of a husband and wife.
The Purity Aquamarine and Rose Vase boldly blends two colours into one piece of crystal, just like the marriage of two individuals that fit perfectly together. Only a few master craftsmen can achieve this highly skilled and demanding technique, in order to create such a centrepiece.
In 1947, Queen Elizabeth II – then Princess Elizabeth – was presented with Moser’s most-loved “Splendid” crystal stemware as a wedding gift by the then Czechoslovakian President, Edvard Beneš, and she is known to use the glasses for both personal occasions and official dinners. One of Moser’s most famous designs, the Splendid collection was designed in 1911, and remains one of the most popular designs chosen for Royal wedding breakfasts and ceremonial dinners. It is often chosen by British and international brides for their wedding gift list and is most-often selected by kings and queens, including those monarchs and leaders of countries including Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. The handcrafted glasses are available in both 24 carat gold or platinum, and for those wanting something entirely personal, a monogram or personal design can be hand-engraved onto each glass.
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