Time： 2019-10-23 16:01:26
Glasses and crystals are usually found in parties and special occasions as people use them when drinking wine and other beverages to celebrate. For those people who do not have much interest, it is extremely difficult to tell their differences.
However, if you are into collecting glasses or crystal ware, you should know how to tell glass from crystal by distinguishing between the two materials. Before learning the essential differences between glass and crystal, it is necessary to define first their meaning in popular culture.
The term "glass" is usually used for drinking vessels, whether they have handles or not. It is usually transparent, but there are glasses that are come in various colors.
But as a raw material, soda-lime makes up above 90% of every glass being manufactured nowadays. People also make use of glass to create bottles, window panes and tableware, as well as opto-electronics.
When people say "crystal" they often refer to a more delicate type of glass, which is made from silica (sand), a high-portion of lead oxide, potash or soda and other chemical additives.
Lead crystals are valued for their decorative properties and durability despite their lack of crystalline structure. The use of the term crystal is comes from the Venetian term "cristallo" that was used to describe the imitation of rock crystal by the Murano glassmakers.
Now that you have learned more about glasses and crystal, here are the ways for how to tell glass from crystal. While taking these steps, keep in mind that the soda-lime glass contains 50% silica (sand) and has no lead, while crystal contains 24% or higher lead.