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.


Master of Crystal 2022

Preciosa, one of the world's leading glass manufacturers, has been honouring talented young designers with the Master of Crystal title since 2008. It supports the emerging generation of Czech designers and gives them the opportunity to realise their creative ideas. In this year's edition, the contestants are tasked with combining originality, artistic representation and innovative approach and reflecting the Light for Wellbeing brief in their design. To enter the competition, submit your design via the online form at no later than 30 April 2022. Full competition rules.

The competition is open to all design lovers and enthusiasts under 33 years of age who have the ambition to influence the shape of Czech design. The award ceremony will take place in autumn this year and the winning designs will be exhibited at the international Designblok 2022 exhibition. In addition to the realisation of their design and presentation at the award ceremony, the winner will receive a cash prize of CZK 30,000 and a two-day trip to Italy for Milan Design Week 2023.

Master of Crystal is organized by Preciosa in cooperation with the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou and the Czech Glass Society, the main partner is the Preciosa Foundation, and the media partner is the most read design magazine The competition is an opportunity for all those who want to present their original ideas, whether they are students or graduates of art schools or young aspiring creators.