The Clink Difference

Glass and crystal barware is what Clink is all about. It’s all we do. It’s all we care to do. That’s why we’re experts at it. Design and quality are obsessions. We’re about one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of barware that you’ll be proud to own or give.

Like diamonds, glass and crystal products have different inherent qualities. It’s all based on how they’re made. And while we offer different qualities, rest assured that all Clink products are made to exceed your expectations.

Our Ratings Guide

The perfect glass has never been made. If you look close enough you’ll find some sort of “imperfection” regardless of cost. That’s because glass making is not an exact science. If anything, it’s as much art as it is science. Anyhow, Clink wants you to be happy. And the best way to insure happiness is to let you know what to expect before you purchase. So we have written a short description of the types of glass and crystal offered by Clink that we are sure you will find helpful. We travel a lot choosing factories from around the world that produce the best glass and crystal. It’s hard work so we tend to imbibe "a little" along the way.

C1. Full Lead Crystal
Manufacturing Process: Hand-blown, hand-cut and acid polished
Lead-free: No (California residents see Proposition 65 below)
Color: Very clear. Some pieces may exhibit subtle colors of the spectrum when exposed to intense light.
Clarity: Excellent!
Sparkle: Excellent!
Origin: Poland
Other attributes: Nice weight. Fine rims. Pings when ringed. Beautiful stuff!
Machine wash: No go! Must be hand-washed.
C2. Hand-blown Crystal
Manufacturing Process: Hand-blown
Lead-free: Yes
Color: Very clear with subtle aqua tints
Clarity: Excellent
Sparkle: Excellent
Origin: Poland
Other attributes: Nice weight. Fine rims. Impressive stuff!
Machine wash: No go! Must be hand-washed.
C3. European Machine-blown Glass
Manufacturing Process: Machine-blown
Lead-free: Yes
Color: Clear with possible hints of green
Clarity: Good
Sparkle: Good
Origin: European
Other attributes: Perfect for clinking and everyday use!
Machine wash: Yes, in a not too cluttered dishwasher.
C4. Domestic Machine-blown Glass
Manufacturing Process: Machine-blown
Lead-free: Yes
Color: Clear with possible hints of green
Clarity: Good
Sparkle: Good
Origin: Made in the good ole US of A!
Other attributes: Perfect for clinking and everyday use!
Machine wash: Yes, in a not too cluttered dishwasher.
C5. Machine-made Glass
Manufacturing Process: Machine-pressed using steel molds
Lead-free: Yes
Color: Clear with possible hints of green or aqua
Clarity: Good
Sparkle: Medium
Origin: Made in the good ole US of A!
Other attributes: Sturdy. Good stuff for clinking and everyday use.
Machine wash: Yes, in a not too cluttered dishwasher.

Proposition 65

Proposition 65 requires us to warn California residents that consuming food or beverages that have been kept or served in lead-crystal products, or handling products made of lead-crystal will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

For more information visit: http://www.oehha.org/prop65.html


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