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

Crystal reliquary of St. Zdislava for the Pope

Glassmakers in Kunratice near Cvikov have produced a unique crystal box with the relic of the Czech saint and patron saint of the Liberec Region, St. Zdislava.

The crystal reliquary of St. Zdislava was made for the Pope by the glassmakers of Pačinek Glass in Kunratice u Cvikova. The public was able to see it on 2 October during the solemn service celebrated by the papal nuncio Charles Daniel Balvo in the Crystal Church in Kunratice. However, the glass sculpture was hidden under a veil at the time, and its image has only now been made public by the Church.

"The Czech glassmakers, with the utmost humility, reverence and respect for the legacy of St. Zdislava, have tried to create an object that carries a message of goodness, understanding, care, empathy and love," said David Sobotka, manager of the glassworks.

The box takes the form of a monstrance, which bears a tiny bone of the saint in its centre. It is made of clear, densely shaped glass and Jiří Pačinek and his team worked on it for about two weeks. The same amount of time was spent in the workshop of engraver Arno Čančík, who is one of the best in his field and decorated the reliquary with fine engravings. The box has no other decoration or gilding. "We said from the beginning that we would make it simple to purist," Sobotka said.

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