Moser Splendid Collection – Fine Crystal

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The whole world saw the beauty of the Splendid drinkware collection in 1947, when the Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš gave it to Britain’s queen-to-be, Elizabeth II, as a wedding present. Every piece of the Splendid collection boasts an elegant shape, perfectly precise cut and wide decorative stripe of gold or platinum. Per request, the Moser cutters will add a family crest or personal monogram.


The Splendid collection belongs among the perennial stars and the most iconic products of Moser portfolio. This year, this legendary set celebrates 110 years – and continues to fascinate all over the world. Here’s its story, in which at least 36 pairs of hands are involved.

The year 2000 has come. A summer residence of Spanish kings and queens, situated close to a picturesque town Segovia, hosts rather an uncommon exhibition. The exhibition presents both times historical and contemporary – all within Moser glass. On such an occasion, the Spanish King Juan Carlos I. receives a present, a present that could not have been more symbolic. He receives the collection Splendid – with a royal symbol included.

This is only one of the stories that justify why Splendid is recognized as Royal Glass. Monarchical dynasties and notable politicians from all over the world grew fond of this collection – for its exceptionally elegant features, typical for the drinks sets and decorative pieces. In 1947, the English queen-to-be Elizabeth II. was presented with the Royal Glass on the occasion of her wedding. She received this treasure from the then Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš. Sixty years later, when celebrating her diamond wedding anniversary – as a queen – Elizabeth II. received other Splendid pieces to her collection. For that matter, Splendid is integral to any wedding table. In 2004, glasses from the set embellished the banquet of prince royal Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson.


Neoclassical Splendid remains one of many collections, of which the proud author is known to be Leo Moser. In 1911, while designing the collection with his colleagues, Moser worked as the technical manager of the glass factory. He was assigned to originate a product responding to the then taste. Also, the product was expected to serve as the embodiment of the technological options of the glass factory, which were rather broad. Therefore, Moser opted for the traditional pattern, together with the cut composition of miters – all performed as of a master, of course.

Splendid combines various types of cuts – the stem is sharpened to edges, the claret is adorned with a subtle cross-cut, that is nearly around the whole object. Via crossing those, there originates a system of diamond-shaped pyramids. Leo even employed olive lenses in the system. Those somehow blend in with the cross-cut, while wonderfully reflecting the light. To perform the cut flawlessly, the cutter ought to be deeply focused and absolutely precise.

Such a turning collection as Splendid is, introduced one more novelty – rather extraordinary at that time – a distinct oroplastic embellishment with an acant pattern. The glass factory got this technique even patented in 1919. Thanks to the oroplastic made of 24carat gold, the collection appears even more precious. You may not miss it at any festive table, especially if adorned with personalized initials or coats of arms.


An exceptional piece of work deserves an exceptional honour. On the occasion of the 110th birthday of the Splendid collection, Moser presents a limited edition – adorned with the original emblem. Even you may have the Royal Glass at home – as Splendid would be your everyday companion.


Spanish King Alfons XIII.

English Queen Elizabeth

Spanish King Juan Carlos I.

Norwegian Royal couple Harald V. and Sonja

Royal families from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt

Pope Benedict XVI.

Václav Havel

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk


You may find its origins in Latin, specifically the word “splendidus,” which means magnificent, glorious.

Splendid collection is being blown in accordance with the so-called pattern (or template), into precise lathe forms of beech wood. Read more about those and discover why each millimetre matters here.

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    This the finest and most beautiful set of fine crystal on the planet! Period. Full-stop.

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How to Clean and Take Care of Fine Glass and Crystal:

An exquisite piece of hand-blown crystal is a work of art, created by an individual craftsperson to be enjoyed for a lifetime. Moreover, crystal is a beautiful keepsake that can be handed down from generation to generation. Taking a few extra steps will help preserve fine crystal for years to come.  

Over time, glasses become etched with tiny fine lines and get a cloudy look. There are ways to preserve the beauty of glassware so that it looks just like the day you bought it. Here are the secrets to preserving beautiful glass. 

General Crystal Care Tips

  • Crystal is “soft” because of the lead content. Even dust can act as an abrasive and cause scratches.
  • Crystal has to be stored where it won’t touch other items
  • Pieces (especially stemware) have to be carried one at a time rather than carried as a bunch by the stems.
  • Items should never be stacked one item inside another.
  • Crystal should never be exposed to rapid temperature changes, i.e. very hot or cold water; crystal products are not meant to be put in the microwave, conventional oven or in a freezer.


Special attention has to be paid when cleaning stemware, as most breaks occur during cleaning.

It's best to wash stemware as soon as possible after using it. This is especially important after serving potentially staining liquids, such as red wine.

Each piece has to be washed separately, by hand, using only warm water, a mild detergent and a soft sponge  (never harsh abrasives or scouring pads). It’s recommended to have a rubber mat or a towel in the sink bottom, just in case, hands become slippery and the glass drops. In order to keep hard water spots from appearing, add a little vinegar to the water. Glasses with gold rims or an edge design should never be soaked in solutions containing ammonia. The small label will easily soak off in water. For hard to reach spots, e.g. the bottom of narrow flutes, using a chop-stick covered with a soft cloth or dish towel will help. When rinsing the items one should also use warm water only since quick changes in temperature can cause cracking or clouding.


Crystal should never be left to dry naturally as this could leave limescale marks. Stemware is best dried immediately after washing it, using linen or a lint-free cloth. The weakest part of stemware is the place where the bowl joins the stem. The bowl of the glass has to be gently held in your palm while drying the inside of the glass.

Crystal stemware is best stored in a safe, dust-free area, or inside its original packaging. Do not store crystal glasses upside-down in the cupboard; the rim of the glass is very delicate and can crack under the weight of the glass.

 If handled with care, crystal can be placed in a dishwasher, if the “fragile” or “average temperature” cycle on your dishwasher is selected (the temperature should not exceed 104F or 40C). The glasses need to be separated and propped up so that the force of the water does not move them or knock them into each other.


It is better not to leave the wine or spirit in a crystal decanter after use – rinse it immediately with clear water.  To absorb the humidity inside the decanter, place a long thin cloth or some absorbent paper inside a decanter and leave it in place for a few hours.

Should there be colors or marks inside the decanter, swirl a handful of uncooked rice in warm water with lemon juice or white vinegar, and rinse.

There are also special products to help you clean decanters. The most popular are small stainless-steel cleaning balls which make it possible to clean the glass vessels in those tricky places.


Moser is a Czech company focused on the production of lead-free handcrafted luxury crystal. The company began in 1857 when Ludwig Moser, a talented engraver and businessman opened an engraving workshop and store in the spa town of Karlovy Vary. Moser crystal gained worldwide recognition thanks to its unique beauty, quality, as well as timeless design and mastery of our glassmakers. The Moser trademark became the world's concept of luxury crystal and the symbol of perfect manual processing.


No finer collective of artists collaborates under one roof, under more pressure. It takes more than 40 glass workers to make a vase. Glass blowers often handle pieces exceeding 25kg, knowing one slip in concentration could destroy the piece and delay the entire team. This tradition of elite artisans working hand-in-hand at the peak of their powers, is the secret to the enduring quality of Moser. Our continued success lies solely in their hands.


In the morning, the glasswork dazzles, uplifting a room like a living strelitzia. At night, its colours transform, warming the space with understated elegance. For over 160 years, few have mastered colour like our glassmakers. They work as oil painters with Moser’s iconic hues that are a result of closely guarded ratios of precious ingredients for generations.


Since 1893, Moser has used only lead-free crystal. No material demands more from its glassmakers. Novices can take years to master the skills needed. Lead-free crystal gives the glassmaker a very short time to shape it on the blowpipe, and for its considerable hardness, it is difficult to cut it. But such effort is well rewarded. Lead-free crystal is remarkable for its purity, shine and hardness. In addition, it adds friendliness to the glassmakers and to the environment.


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