According to archeologist’s, it is believed that the Mesopotamians may have been the premier fans of crystal in the 16th century BC. Other civilizations, such as the Greeks and Romans, followed by creating artistic designs made out of glass.
In1676, Englishman George Ravenscroft experimented with lead oxide by mixing silica sand and ultimate created lead crystal as it is known today.
The well-to-do of that period deemed their personal belongings were vital components to the elements of life. Crystal had a part of all four elements of ‘Earth, fire, wind and water.’ Crystal was a luxury and a necessity that only they could afford.
The 20th century became the century in which the most common basis of owning crystal was geared from weddings and anniversaries gifts. Crystal seemed almost compulsory to be on every gift registry. However, besides being used for vases and stemware, crystal also became decorative art.
For 109 years, Steuben glass has represented the epitome of American crystal through its artisans and craftsmen. Although no longer in operation, Steuben glass was known for their designs from the Eiffel Tower to Moby Dick engraved on a piece of crystal. Their flagship store on Fifth Ave. was a walk in museum.
Today several pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and any of their pieces are highly collectable and increasing in value.
Another artist with the needle is Marc Jacobs. He has design many handbag styles for Louis Vuitton Corporation.
One that is definitely inspired with that Marc Jacobs's contemporary touch is an authentic Louis Vuitton Manhattan PM handbag.
Combining Marc Jacobs's city street smarts with the traditional Louis Vuitton monogram canvas, the pre-owned Manhattan PM is as contemporary as it is now considered a timeless classic.
Gold tone metal hardware includes the double top zipper opening, two LV engraved pulls, handle rings, rivets and other items. The sharp look added to the used LV is by its two large exterior pockets with LV engraved push locks. Not only is the style enhanced with the pockets, but it makes the Manhattan so functional for extra storage.
The used LV Manhattan has comfortable double leather handles making carting it all around a breeze.
The spacious alcnatra beige fabric lining within offers a large flat open pocket.
The authentic Louis Vuitton Manhattan PM handbag is an ideal all-around tote to use whether on Fifth Ave. or not. Take this trendy tote everywhere just like Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Love Hewitt.