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

Pearl Christmas decorations from Poniklá are on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO

The glass company Rautis from Poniklá in the Krkonoše foothills succeeded in its inscription on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of mankind with its production of Christmas decorations from glass blown beads.

The tradition of their production is associated with the fashion of decorating the Christmas tree in Europe at the end of the 19th century. At that time, glassmakers in the area of ​​the Jizera Mountains and in the Krkonoše Mountains, who at home made blown pearls for the jewelery industry, began to make decorations for themselves from wires and remnants of blown pearls, which they used to decorate the Christmas tree.

The path of a glass bead for decoration is relatively long, first it must be blown out of a glass tube, then it is silvered, painted, painted and cut. All these steps are done manually and only then is the bead ready to be threaded.

The popularity of miniature beaded prams, locomotives, stars or spiders grew, and therefore very soon the decorations began to be produced in bulk. In the 1930s, their production companies exported them all over the world. This is still the case today thanks to the company Rautis of the Kulhavýs in Poniklá.

They are currently the only manufacturers of this type of ornaments in the world. They managed to save old patterns, pearl molds, preserve manual production methods and, most importantly, keep production where it once began - in Poniklá in the Giant Mountains.