Southerners Love Waterford Lismore Crystal
When you’re setting the table to impress—even if you’re just trying to wow your own family—there’s nothing quite like gorgeous, sparkling crystal. Whether you’ve inherited your grandmother’s collection or you’re breaking out the pieces you registered for as a young bride-to-be, the addition of crystal to your table turns even a casual family dinner into an elegant affair.
Yes, we still believe brides should be registering for crystal. It’s important to think of it as more than a special occasion item. In fact, crystal can be used every day. Really! When it comes to picking your pattern, pick the one that catches your eye and suits your lifestyle. Glassware tends to be what you’ll be reaching for most frequently so start with those pieces. Think about the water goblet, iced tea glass, beer mug, and double old-fashioned.
Crystal comes in hundreds of patterns that are hand-blown, cut into intricate patterns, modern and sleek, or heritage designs that have been in production for generations. While crystal patterns are a matter of personal preference, one particular favorite for Southerners is a classic–Waterford’s very own Lismore Collection.
The gorgeous lined pattern is distinctive, but not ostentatious, making it a perfect choice for making a splash on a special occasion while still simple enough for daily use (if you can manage all the hand washing). Whether you are sipping sweet tea or two fingers of Kentucky’s finest bourbon, it’s better when served in a Lismore tumbler, which is why it earned a spot on our list of favorite crystal patterns of all time.
The Lismore Collection with its trademark diamond and wedge cut water goblets, white and red wine glasses, highball glasses, vases, and decanters, has been a favorite for a long time. The inspiration for the pattern came from Lismore Castle in Waterford, Ireland. It was the castle’s leaded glass windows and turrets that influenced the design of the Lismore Collection’s pattern of simple lines.
Originally launched in 1952 and, according to Waterford’s website, it is the only design from that period that they are still making—and Southerners love heritage and tradition. Waterford didn’t really have a choice about keeping the pattern in production, though, writing: “Out of all of Waterford Crystal’s cuts Lismore is the most loved.” Turns out it’s not just Southerners who adore this stunning glassware.