Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


Inspired by Crystal Valley


Throughout the events they experienced at these important historical sites, they were symbolically accompanied by St. Zdislava, a prominent Czech saint and patron saint of the sick, the poor and families, whom they "clothed in Czech crystal". Together with the Czech and Moravian bishops, they brought her in the form of a Crystal Monstrance and a reliquary to the hands of Pope Francis as a fragile and pure symbol of love, help and faith.
An unforgettable and powerful spiritual moment was the visit to St. Peter's Basilica and the stop at the altar of our main patron saint, St. Wenceslas, where Father Rudolf said a prayer and sang the St. Wenceslas Chant...
And it is St. Wenceslas who in the coming week will once again bring Rudolf Repka, Jiri Pachinko and their families and friends to St. Peter's Cathedral, where on Wednesday, September 28, they will be part of the solemn Mass celebrated in his honor at this sacred place by the 20th Bishop of Litoměřice, His Excellency, Msgr. Mgr. Jan Baxant.
As a glass symbol of their second trip to the Vatican and as a tribute to our greatest patron, Rudolf Repka, Jiří Pačinek and David Sobotka decided to create the Crystal Helmet of St. Wenceslas and as an official gift to the Embassy and an expression of their respect to personally present it to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Vatican, His Excellency Mr. Václav Kolaj, on the eve of the national holiday and the solemn Mass.
The gift consists of a crystal helmet, on which the original motifs of this St Wenceslas armour are depicted by sandblasting and engraving, and a glass liturgical cushion on which the helmet is placed, bearing the words of the St Wenceslas chant "St Wenceslas, Duke of the Czech Land, let us not perish, nor those to come".
This object was again created in northern Bohemia, in the picturesque glassmaking village of Kunratice near Cvikov, in the heart of the Crystal Valley, a region of glassmakers where the tradition of glassmaking has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Just like the legacy of St. Wenceslas, which in these difficult times is increasingly gaining importance and relevance for the future direction of the Czech and Moravian nation.
In Kunratice u Cvikova on 22 September 2022
Photo illustrative, source: iRozhlas