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This Eiffel Tower was to be part of a limited edition of only 2000 each. However, only 2 were produced. In addition to being numbered, it is dated with the year of manufacture and has the Bonita Crystals logo on the base. The base also contains 2 Gold accented bridges crossing the Seine River.
Many of these products have been highly praised by state officials and have been selected to be the nation and government presents sent to chiefs of state of over 30 countries, including the USA, UK, France, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. In 2004 during China-France Culture Week, a similar Eiffel Tower, designed by the same artisans, was presented as a special gift the French Culture and Communication Minister, Mssr. Jean Jacques Igon. They have also been won 21 prizes in some professional competitions, including the China Artists and Arts Masterpieces Exhibition and the China Travel Souvenir Design Competition.
These exquisitely crafted miniature monuments are made from the finest materials. Using K9 Optical Crystal and 24K Gold plated accents assures you of quality.
140 mm wide x 180 mm deep x 280 mm high or
5.51 inches wide x 7.08 inches deep x 11 inches high
Gross Weight: 2.2 kg (5 lbs.)
This is a must souvenir for anyone who has gone to the Paris, France. It is also an exquisite addition for any crystal collection.
This is the difference between optical crystal and crystal.
Optical Crystal is extremely hard and clear. This permits specialized polishing to produce a surface that transmits light with little or no distortion, which sparkles with diamond like brilliance when cut into facets. Its precise optic effects, developed for the scientific requirements of lens makers, also make it the finest engravable surface for artistic impression. Optical crystal pieces also have the distinction of being lead free, and are available in a variety of solid forms.
Crystal refers to particularly clear, hard glass with superior ability to transmit and reflect light. Lead crystal, so named because it contains lead, is familiar to many due to its traditional use in cut glass tableware. However, there are several types of crystal, many of which do not contain any lead.
Lead oxide when added to the molten glass gives lead crystal a higher index of refraction than normal glass, and consequently greater "sparkle". There is a strong perception within the industry that lead crystal products command premium prices, so they continue to use lead oxide to inflate prices. "But manufacturers are now under pressure to adopt alternatives to lead crystal," says Professor Nick Priest of Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. "The use of lead involves risks to workers and to the environment. Countries such as Denmark and the United States are attempting either to ban or restrict its use in consumer products."
However, lead-free optical crystal glass has a refractive index higher than 1,52 which makes it especially useful for works of art to provide a luxurious character, with high lustre and light transmittance.
For information on the Eiffel Tower, go to http://www.corrosion-doctors.org/Landmarks/eiffel-history.htm.