Many decorative household items are made from either glass or crystal. The clear and glossy appearance of these materials makes them a popular choice for decorative figurines and other home decor items. They enhance the beauty of the place by adding more light and colors. While they may look the same from afar, there are many differences between the two and there are many ways to check for these differences as well. While others may think that glass is just a cheaper substitute for crystal, both have qualities that showcase their special qualities and characteristics that the other one does not have. If you have an item or will purchase an item and want to know whether it is glass or crystal, here are some ways on how you can distinguish one from the other.
You can actually hear the difference between glass and crystal. Because of the additives that glass contains, tapping glass does not produce any ringing sound, unlike crystal.
You can see the difference between the two by holding them up against the light. Crystal reflects light and presents it as a prism whereas glass tends to bend and disperse the light that goes through it. Crystal chandeliers for example, reflect a color spectrum that glass cannot. Another visual difference between the two is its thickness. Crystals tend to be thinner because glass has more additives when being molded, thus making it more resistant to blowing it to a thinner width. The surface or rims of crystal made materials are finer and smoother. Again, due to the chemical additives and the way manufacturers shape them, glass is not as fine or smooth compared to its more precious counterpart.
Try to carry the item as while both may look alike, their weights differ. Crystal tends to be heavier as it contains a considerable amount of lead that contributes to the weight. Some glass items as well are hollow inside, while crystal items tend to be pure crystal all the way through.
The difference between glass and crystal sometimes varies according to the standards set by some countries. While the composition is generally the same, there are differences when it comes to lead content before one is considered glass or crystal. Sometimes the terms are even used interchangeably in home and retail environments.
Whether made from glass or crystal, people generally appreciate the beauty of such items. Glass chandeliers look great, but crystal chandeliers enhance the beauty of a room. While there are truly notable price differences between the two, there are other visual similarities and the differences will come only upon close observation. People's fascination with anything clear and sparkling never seems to fade. Whether for personal use, to be given as gifts, or for industrial uses, crystal and glass will always be a favored material when it comes to home and commercial decorating. The durability of glass and crystal is also notable while as items made of these will easily break when dropped, an object made of these will not be affected by water, wind, or rust.
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