When we think of crystal vases, we often imagine tall clear elegant vases made of amazingly clear glass that reflects and refracts light like sunbeams sparkling off raindrops after the rain has passed. Renowned for clarity and value, crystal glass has been a favorite of collectors for generations.
A surprising example is the “Dave Fetty Crayons” vase by Fenton Glass, a vase with a feminine shape and a swirl of seven colors coated with a layer of crystal. Created for the 2006 Connoisseur Collection, it's a real collector's piece — it doesn't really look like typical crystal, but its value is unmistakable. The limited edition Caribbean Day Vase, by the same artist, uses another original technique: layering crystal and powdered glass to create a pattern that is truly intriguing.
The “Pulled Feathers” vase, again by Dave Fetty, uses colored glass on top of crystal to create a colorful feather pattern. Other crystal vase creations by Fenton also use colored glass and crystal to produce beautiful designs in signature shapes and colors.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, or if you’re interested in shopping for crystal vases on the secondary market, Caithness is a name you might want to search. Famous for unique and imaginative glass paperweights, Caithness is also a recognized name in other glass products. It’s not unusual to find Caithness crystal for a low price on eBay.
A beautiful original Caithness vase, with its original box, was recently offered on eBay for just a couple of dollars plus shipping. Comparable current Caithness pieces are many times more expensive — although the selection in new items is obviously greater.
If vases made of crystal are no longer typically clear reflective glass, collectors might consider picking up vases in other styles to complement their crystal pieces. There are a number of celebrated artists that create very unique and collectible pieces. Rosina Wachtmeister’s “Nico e Nicola” vase is an example of a piece that is not made of crystal, but is nevertheless very popular among collectors. This glass vase features two of Wachtmeister’s famous cats, sitting together in a field of butterflies, poppies and other flowers. Other vases by the same artist feature cats as well.
Collectible lines carried by Enesco also often include unique vases designed for special occasions, such as the Foundations Angel “Tulips in a Vase” sculpture. This angel is meant as a gift for someone who’s like a daughter to you, and it features an angel holding a vase full of tulip blossoms. While not a crystal vase, it is a true collector’s piece — and it will always have fresh flowers in it! Enesco, of course, also carries real vases. The Simply Celebrate vases for anniversaries are beautiful and very reasonably priced – a good compromise for the enthusiast of vases on a budget.
We all know that crystal can be quite expensive, and those that have been showcased here are no exception, unless you are able to find a treasure on the secondary market. Fenton glass and crystal pieces can cost several hundred dollars, but you know you are getting real value for your money. A Caithness crystal vase will usually be smaller, and can cost as little as $30 US before shipping.
Vases that are not made of crystal, of course, have appropriately lower price tags although some artists, such as Rosina Wachtmeister, command higher amounts. The easiest way to sort them all out is to search for vases on the internet and see what you can find in your style and price range.