Baccarat is one of the most popular games played in casinos, and with good reason. Although this game has a long history, it is also relatively easy to learn and play. It is a fast-paced and thrilling card game that can be played at any casino around the world.
Often played with more than one player, baccarat is an exciting and profitable game for both players and casino managers alike. The best way to win at baccarat is to follow some simple rules and strategies.
1. Using the Right Cards
When playing baccarat at a real casino, be sure to check the rules of the game before you sit down. This includes the number of decks of cards and whether or not you can touch the cards. If you are not sure, ask a dealer or a manager before you place any bets.
2. The Art of Glassmaking
Getting the right ingredients and mixing them correctly are vital to making beautiful Baccarat crystal pieces. This is why we work with a team of experts who have at least 15 years of experience in the industry.
3. The Hot Process
During the glassmaking process, sand and other ingredients are mixed with potasse to create a liquid that becomes solid again under the high craftsmanship of our Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF).
4. The Cold Process
After the hot process has been completed, the piece is placed in the freezer for several weeks. This helps to preserve the glass and prevent breakages.
5. The Handmaking
When creating a Baccarat crystal piece, over 30 hands work together to produce the final product. These are a team of artisans with incredible patience and precision.
6. The Trademark
Throughout the 19th Century, Baccarat produced glassware of stunning opulence and beauty. These spectacular pieces were a symbol of wealth and refined taste.
Some of these masterpieces were created for palaces and royal collections across the globe. Examples include Baccarat’s 17.5 foot (5 metre) tall candelabra, designed for the Dolmbahce Palace in Istanbul, and a pair of monumental chandeliers made for the Russian Imperial Court under Nicholas II.
The renowned Baccarat company also produced glassware for other purposes, including vases that were used to hold flowers. Often crafted in milky, ‘opaline’ crystal glass, these floral-decorated pieces were popular among Victorian collectors.
7. The Mark of Baccarat
Until the middle of the 19th Century, the renowned Baccarat company engraved a paper label onto each piece of glassware that they produced. This was replaced with a scripted laser-etched mark in the 1930s, and today Baccarat pieces are marked with their distinctive logo.
8. The Baccarat Rouge 540 collection
In the late 19th Century, Baccarat began to incorporate elements of Chinese, Japanese and Islamic art into its designs. This reflected the growing demand for their products in Asia, and prompted them to expand their showrooms in Bombay, India.
9. Baccarat’s reputation for exquisite craftsmanship continues to this day.
It is not surprising that the Baccarat company’s glassware remains in demand worldwide, with many of their iconic designs still circulating in museums and galleries. As well as the aforementioned 19th Century pieces, Baccarat has continued to make beautiful and unique glassware for the modern home.