Our History

Preciosa’s tradition of glassmaking can be traced back more than five centuries to 1548 in the Crystal Valley of Bohemia. Founded upon the ideals of quality, durability and innovation, Preciosa has throughout the centuries achieved new technological breakthroughs and introduced the world over to the truly captivating and timeless quality of authentically crafted Bohemian crystal.

21st Century

2016    PRECIOSA continues to innovate, adding OPTIMA to its lead-free product range.

2013    Preciosa launches its first lead-free crystal product line, Maxima by Preciosa, which meets the highest international standards of environmental friendliness.

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2011   Preciosa introduces its trademarked Hi-Pure Crystal technology for an even more defined brightness as well as its Dura-Foiling process, which allows for better adhesion and stronger durability during secondary manufacturing.

20th century

1956    Preciosa founds the Research Institute of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou, which today serves as an integral part of the company and remains one of the most respected R&D facilities in the glass industry.

1948   Preciosa is officially established in the wake of World War II when 25 small, medium and large-scale companies and factories scattered throughout the Crystal Valley merge together into one national company in Jablonec nad Nisou, where Preciosa is still headquartered today. 

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1908    Machine-cut jewellery stones, known as ‘chatons’, are for the first time produced on proprietary cutting and polishing machines, resulting in a boom of new designs and applications.

19th century

1898    Bohemian glassmakers revolutionise the jewellery making industry by introducing a new technique of fastening crystal components into metal jewellery cups.

1878    The World Exhibition in Paris brings with it a newfound demand for ‘diamond jewels’ that can be sewn onto clothing. Crystal Valley glassmakers respond, creating a glass component with a ‘silver mirror’ on the underside of the stone, known today as foiling paper.

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1856    Less than two decades after the first school of glass is founded in the Crystal Valley, the first school of glass jewellery is founded in Jablonec nad Nisou.

18th century

1765    The art of coloured glass stone-making and cutting is refined, which leads to the introduction of imitation gemstones and new spectacular pieces of jewellery.

1760    Georg Friedrich Strass, an Alsatian jeweller, invents the first ever rhinestone (artificial gemstone) from a special type crystal found in the Rhine River.

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1715   Bohemian glassmakers discover the art of melting coloured glass.  

17th century

1688    A new, pristine, clear glass, practically indistinguishable from natural mountain crystal, is created and hard enough to be polished for brightness.

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1680   Bohemian jewellers and craftsmen begin making the first glass bead necklaces, which quickly become a sought-after commodity among Bohemian and Saxon aristocracy for their exquisitely polished and perfectly cut stones.

16th century

1548    A new industry emerges as workshops and ateliers for glassmaking begin to pop up across Northern Bohemia’s majestic Jizera Mountains, at the heart of which is a small town called Jablonec nad Nisou, and the Crystal Valley is born.

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