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This is a beautiful crystal and gold minature of Buckingham Palace. It is made of K9 Optical Crystal with 24K gold plated metal accents.
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. They have also 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.
This is the difference between optical crystal and crystal.
K9 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.
71 x 61 x 42 mm or
2.79 x 2.40 x 1.65 inches
Gross Weight: 230g (0.5lb)
This is a must souvenir for anyone who has gone to England. It is also an exquisite addition for any crystal collection.
Buckingham Palace information:
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.
Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site which had been in private ownerhsip for at least 150 years. It was subsequently acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, and known as "The Queen's House". During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front which contains the well-known balcony on which the Royal Family traditionally congregate to greet crowds outside. However, the palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb in World War II; the Queen's Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.
The original early 19th-century interior designs, many of which still survive, included widespread use of brightly coloured scagliola and blue and pink lapis, on the advice of Sir Charles Long. King Edward VII oversaw a partial redecoration in a Belle epoque cream and gold colour scheme. Many smaller reception rooms are furnished in the Chinese regency style with furniture and fittings brought from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton and from Carlton House. The Buckingham Palace Garden is the largest private garden in London.
The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September, as part of the Palace's Summer Opening.