Bubblegram

Wednesday 11th August 2021
Fine City crystals

" Bubblegram" not a word that you see every day. When the subsurface laser engraving technology was being developed a number of years ago, people looked to give the process a name. When the laser fires into the crystal it creates a small fracture or dot. Some people felt it looked more like a small bubble and hence the name Bubblegram. This name was quite popular in the early days of the developing process, however in recent time it is probably best known as 3d photo crystal engraving or laser sub surface engraving. Needless to say, they are all one and the same thing - the process of engraving within the crystal as opposed to on the crystal. Photographs are a great way of capturing…

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HOW I CAME TO LOVE FINE CITY CRYSTALS

Wednesday 10th February 2021
Sallyanne (guest)

On September 30th 2019, my whole world came crashing down. I should have been having the best time of my life. I mean, I'd just got married to the man of my dreams & we were having a wonderful time in the Greek Islands, sharing a beautiful honeymoon together. However, just 4 days before our Wedding Day my Father was admitted into hospital. It was just a stubborn chest infection that wouldn't shift but it meant that my Dad wasn't able to walk me down the Aisle. A dream that both myself and my Dad had dreamt of forever. Okay, so that was a difficult day but I was pleased my Dad was being looked after well and we all…

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Trying times.

Friday 4th September 2020

Corona virus seems to be the only thing people are talking about these days. They have every reason for this to take up so much mind space. Covid-19 has meant a lot of sacrifice for many, including physical hardship and mental anxiety. Restriction on holidays and getting out in the sunshine, with freedom of movement. It has also had an effect on us being able to enjoy a party or getting together to celebration a special occasion. A lot of these things we generally took for granted, pre-Covid. No more quick trips to the pub or to the local stadium to watch our favourite football team play on a Sunday afternoon. Tried getting some work done at the kitchen table…

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Unique artist commission

Monday 3rd February 2020

The Serpentine Galleries,a world-renowned contemporary art gallery based in Hyde Park, London, recently contacted Fine City Crystals with an unusual request: to collaborate on an exciting and bespoke commission for a limited edition. Albert Oehlen, one of the world's most significant contemporary artists, who recently exhibited his work at the Serpentine Gallery,indicated that instead of producing a traditional print, he was looking to find a more experimental and improvised way of presenting his work. Oehlen (b.1954 German)is a German born artist based in Switzerland. Throughout his career,the artist has continually engaged with and questioned the medium of painting. Combining abstract and figurative elements in his work and using computer-generated images, these result in complex compositions and installations. The artist's decision was…

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Recognition Awards

Friday 20th September 2019

One of the things we are taught early on in life, is to embrace the concept of developing a sense of gratitude. Gratitude or thankfulness need not only be reserved for the big things in our lives. In fact the scientists say the more grateful we are, the happier we are. So it stands to reason that we should then actively seek out ways to express our gratitude. There are a lot of obvious things that we can be grateful for, like the air we breath or the clean water we drink or maybe just that we are able to enjoy a delicious piece of cake. Gratitude allows us to show others that they contribute to our well-being or that their…

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New Corporate portfolio

Thursday 25th July 2019

In our day to day operations Fine City Crystals gets orders for many different occasions. Sometimes customers want an old wedding photo brought back to life or a young couple may want to celebrate and record their love for each other. Kids send Mother's day and Father's day requests and we receive many requests for images of beloved pets, to be encapsulated in 3d in one of our optically clear crystals. Every so often we get get unusual requests from customers and have to adapt accordingly (please watch this space as we will, hopefully in the new year, be able to share our biggest and most prestigious undertaking to date) We have recently been approached by companies to expand our current…

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Party keepsakes

Thursday 16th May 2019

We all have memories that remind us of places, people and occasions. There are many occasions that encapsulating these memories is important. Special occasions like weddings, engagements, births, birthdays, graduations, mother's, father's and valentine's days. We also like to remain close in remembrance, to the ones that have gone before us. There are gifts for him/her, men/woman, wife/husband/partner, boyfriend/girlfriend and for friends and mentors. Or maybe just to express our gratitude and appreciation for a task well done. A sub-surface 3D photo engraving is the ideal gift that would be suitable for all the above occasions. We at Fine City Crystals recently had a fairly unusual request, for 10 key-rings to be made up for an eight year old's birthday. The idea was that her…

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Optical clarity

Thursday 21st March 2019

Whether purchasing decorative items for the home or recognition awards or company logo display pieces, it is always a good thing to purchase with quality in mind. Normally these items would be with us for a long time and generally things that we would treasure. We at Fine City Crystals understand that quality is important to most people and therefore we use K9 optical crystal in the production of our subsurface crystals. K9 is manufactured in China and is an optical borosilicate crown glass crystal and is equivalent to BK7 glass on the glass classification chart. Low dispersal properties and a high refractive index make for a highly clear optical glass. The index refraction is the ratio of the speed of light in a…

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Contrasts

Friday 1st February 2019

We at Fine City Crystals would like to wish everyone a prosperous new year. One month down already! We have recently returned from a week's safari in the world famous, Kruger National park in South Africa. Average temperatures were around 35 degrees C (typical for this time of year) Our objective was to have sightings of the big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Cape Buffalo.) We were lucky enough to see all of the big 5 and extremely fortunate to also see Cheetah and Wild dog. (Super 7) The best sighting by far was of the Cheetah, as they were relatively close to the sand road we were travelling on. There were three of them and we managed to get some really good…

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2019 It's going to be a good year!

Thursday 20th December 2018

Looking back on the year that is about to end, we check if the decisions we made regarding life choices were the right ones. It is also a time we start looking at the year ahead and whether or not there are things we need to change, to enhance our lives. It is the season for reflection and for making resolutions to ourselves, to live our lives better. There are always the health resolutions of weight loss, to stop smoking, to get fit or eat to better, in the new year. Also, the self improvement resolutions of improved education, financial status and self awareness. Most of these resolutions seem to be made to curb our excesses, however history tells us that by January…

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