More than 500 years ago, in the territory of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, skilled craftsmen began to discover ways of moulding glass into beautiful shapes. By the beginning of the 17th century, Bohemian glassmakers were manufacturing glass of such quality that it closely resembled natural crystal.
The first chandelier workshop was founded in Prácheň, a small village near Kamenický Šenov (today‘s headquarters of Preciosa).
The chandeliers from Kamenický Šenov were much sought after by the aristocracy of the 18th century. The palaces of Louis XV, the King of France, Maria Theresa, the Empress of Austria, and Elisabeth, the Czarina of Russia, were among those for which original Bohemian chandeliers provided the crowning touch.
However unbelievable it may seem, the demand for some of the chandeliers made 300 years ago hasn’t slowed down even today. That’s why Preciosa haven’t halted this production. It just introduced modern technologies and adapted its products to the current style.
Today the brand Preciosa Lighting is known and sought worldwide. The magic and power of its lights is in the hand work. Creation of glass in fire commands respect and still carries something of the ancient mysteries. The cast parts of its chandeliers are also magical – handmade with high precision and thorough control. It‘s very subtle and sophisticated hand work with no allowance for errors.
All five elements – earth, fire, water, metal and wood – enter into the process.
The result is creations that take the breath away!