Goblets are an ancient form of stemware, whose use dates back farther than the Roman Empire.

Originally goblets were earthenware and through time other materials were introduced into the stemware family.

The Roman Empire was fond of the goblet and created many permutations of it in many materials. Included were metals, even lead, glass and pottery, precious metals and glass being reserved for the higher classes.

The Venetian Empire was responsible for the highest level of refinement in glass goblets, a tradition that continues today, mainly in Murano, Italy and to a smaller extent in the USA and other glass centers.

Written by Ryan Staub.