Beautiful crystal is literally back off the shelf these days.
"Suddenly, we're discovering that even a glass of tap water tastes better in crystal," says interior designer Marshall Watson, who observes that many people like to show off their crystal barware and decanters on silver platters.
Bar ware in particular has enjoyed a revival of popularity, according to Carolyn Ingham of Cien, a company that makes hand-cut crystal. What's more, she says people like to use it every day. "People today don't want their crystal to sit in cabinets while they hope for the Queen Mother to drop by."