How do I identify my crystal bowl manufacturer?

Well-known crystal manufacturers typically mark the bottoms of bowls with their signature or company name. Mass-manufactured glass bowls do not have these markings, although art glass bowls can have an artist’s signature.

Is Mikasa glass or crystal?

Mikasa has long been associated with some of the world’s finest crystal factories. Crystal can most easily be described as extremely fine quality glass. All glass is made from a variety of natural raw materials, which include silica or sand, soda (sodium carbonate), potash (plant ash) and lime.

Where is Mikasa crystal made?

Unlike many of its competitors, the company did not own manufacturing facilities. Instead, Mikasa contracted out designs to approximately 175 factories in 25 countries. Production was concentrated in Germany and Austria, where 30 percent of the company’s merchandise was manufactured.

What can you put in a crystal bowl?

Simple, elegant and fresh are the keys when looking for something to enhance your crystal bowls. Use a fresh fruit selection, such as apples, grapes, bananas and pears, or fill the bowl with one type of fruit like Queen Anne Cherries or green and black grapes to give an elegant touch to your dining room or kitchen.

How do I know if my crystal is worth money?

Tapping genuine crystal emits a musical “ping” sound. Well-known crystal manufacturers typically marked the bottom of their wares with a signature or company name, which can help determine their value. Another factor is appearance: the more intricate a piece’s cuts and stems, the more value it holds.

Is Mikasa still in business?

Today, Mikasa continues to leverage the momentum it has built over the decades since its start. In 2001, the company merged with J.G. Durand Industries, and as has been its history, will continue to trade under the name Mikasa.

Can you put hot food in a crystal bowl?

Damage to the surface of lead crystal causes more lead to be released the next time it is used. Do not heat food in the lead crystal bowl. Microwaving and cooking accelerates the lead-leaching process.