It was during 900s, when the Arabs who brought chess pieces to Europe through the Arab expansion via Spain. These were of Persian & Indian designs, which later served as models for European design. It is believed that these pieces probably arrived in Spain between 950 and 1030. Iranian and Mesopotamian workshops also excelled in the manufacture of rock crystal and glass. Chess was soon incorporated into the knightly lifestyle in Europe. Chess also became a subject of art and fashion throughout this era. Many crystal chess items formed fashion lifestyle products like caskets and pendants and became so popular that it was available in span Europe. Queen Margaret of England’s green and red chess sets, made from crystals symbolized chess’s position in royal art treasures.
Glass or crystal chess sets were handmade, which added to their royalty, beauty and aristocratic value. After molding the glass, the crystals are formed and are moved to annealing oven and then to cutting process. Finally those crystals are polished to sparkling pieces of chess. Thus, proving to be far superior as compared to wooden or plastic chess sets. Glass chessboards are also used as decorative or gifting items. Unlike wood, they are expensive, but their beauty is unequaled.
On the same note, our Chrysler Handmade Glass Chess Set is also handmade, with a lot of effort and care. Paired with Shisham woodboard, the uniqueness of this product cannot be matched.
Various types of Crystal Chess sets are:
- Quadrant Crystal Chess Set- The Strass chess set is made in the Swarovski chess set model out of the Swarovski factors of substantial quality along with a mirror chessboard.
- Strass Chess Set (Swarovski)- The Strass chess set is made in the Swarovski chess set model out of the Swarovski factors of substantial quality along with a mirror chessboard.
- Strass Staunton Chess Set- In this set, the common machine slice crystals has been employed. They are also less expensive as compared to the above two.