Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny


The crystal plant is the main and the greatest construction of Gus-Khrustalny, a small Russian town, which was granted its name for the fiver it is located on (Gus) and the crystal (khrustal’) industry. In the 19th century it was known all over the Russian Empire thanks to Ivan Maltsov, who brought in a lot of European innovations, including making Bohemian glass. In war periods the plant was manufacturing various glass mass-produced items, like thermometers, flasks, thermoses and other consumer goods. Later its status of the main crystal plant was reclaimed. In our short but fascinating photo set you can see how the crystal things are made in modern times.








Photo credits – all photos

15 thoughts on “Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny”

    • Images straight from the ’70. Especially that guy with a cigarette (lung cancer anyone?). I just hope they get decent pension as this type of job is really hard…

  1. My mom’s cousin worked in one of these glass factories in Lvov, Ukraine. They made mirrors, christmas decorations, and everything else imaginable. It was truely a “sweat-shop” but the end products were amazingly beautiful. I still have many ornate decorations that we put up on the Christmas tree. No doubt, these people are real artists.


Leave a Comment