Baccarat: 250 Years of Art de Vivre

When the winners of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open lift their trophies on Championship weekend, all eyes will turn to the beautiful crystal creations joining them for the on-court ceremonies.

The stunning trophies are made by Baccarat, the prestigious crystal company celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. The current design, made exclusively for the tournament, debuted in 2009 and has been awarded to Indian Wells champions ever since.

 (PHOTO: Trophy on Baccarat stand – credit: Cindy Liberati)

Founded in Lorraine, France, in 1764 by permission of King Louis XV, Baccarat has been the icon of exquisite moments of celebration and has created truly unforgettable experiences, the BNP Paribas Open part of this rich history.

Baccarat received its first royal commission in 1823 when Louis XVIII ordered a glass service to be produced specially for him. Charles X, Louis-Philippe, Napoleon III and a host of Presidents and Heads of State would follow suit.

Baccarat soon earned a solid international reputation: from the furniture pieces produced for Indian maharajahs, to the majestic Tsar chandelier created for Nicholas II, from the exquisite commissions for the Japanese imperial court, to the sheer purity of the water glasses engraved with the initials of the American President F.D. Roosevelt, Baccarat crystal has cast its luster all over the world as the embodiment of the most precious symbol of French Art de Vivre.

As with the Harcourt glass, created in 1841, and now famous for its majestic silhouette, Baccarat’s creations are the vector of a history whose strength lies in its ability to convey the magic of light reflected into infinity. It is this brilliance that magnifies the Maisons Baccarat in Paris and Moscow as well as the first Baccarat Hotel & Residences, which will open in New York in 2014.

Baccarat opened their store in the desert in 1997. At that time, it was the third retail store to open in the United States. (There are currently six in the country.)

The Baccarat store is located at 73-111 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260; 760-346-6805; store hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm.