Meurthe-et-Moselle, Grand Est
Since Louis XV, the mastery of fire trades has brought international renown to Baccarat. Ancestral hot (glassblowing and glassmaking) and cold skills (stoneworking and engraving) have been passed down through the generations, ensuring that this excellence continues to live on, now and into the future.
© Marie Bascou
To evoke Baccarat is to evoke a unique know-how that has been passed down from generation to generation. For 250 years, the glassmakers have jealously guarded their manufacturing secret and only concede the creation process, which starts when the glass comes out of the furnaces, passing through the hot workshop in order to give it its shape and colour, and then rises in the cold workshop with a work of cuts and cuttings. Like the soliflore held by one of the best workers in France at the Cristallery, the cuts are always the same size, symmetrical and at right angles.. Thanks to this remarkable know-how, the objects that have been coming out of the furnaces since the eighteenth century are true jewels of the French art of living, made by craftsmen - blowers, gilders, cutters, engravers - who share this desire for perfection. Since its creation, the Verrerie Sainte Anne, on the banks of the Meurthe in Baccarat, first supplied the French Court with glass, chandeliers and candelabras, then charmed maharajas, tsars, sultans and emperors. Today, Baccarat continues to create for the world's greatest. It is not for nothing that it is also called the crystal of Kings!