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Crystal House was established in 1999 to repair, engrave and create crystal sculptures. Based in the Chicago area, the engraving business grew allowing owners Elias Akwo and Chaz Nieponski to establish Chazerly Designs, Inc. in September 2008.
In 2009, motivated by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for art, Elias and Chaz opened two galleries within the same location: one with contemporary fine art created by Chaz and one with museum quality primitive African art.
By 2012, the Crystal House brand expanded to producing custom crystal gifts distributed through specialty gift stores. Their goal was the same then as it is today – creating quality one-of-a-kind engraved gifts destined to become heirlooms.
Their products sold in Willis Tower, Alioto’s, the National Marine Museum in Virginia, and Queen Mary’s gift store as they prepared to expand distribution to airport gift stores and military exchanges. In October 2018, Crystal House signed a trading partner agreement with the US Navy Exchange to produce and sell custom crystal gift items to 300 Navy Exchanges worldwide.
Today, Crystal House produces hand-crafted sculptures, customized images on crystal drinkware, crystal and glass awards, as well as a variety of other unique gifts. One of their artistic specialties is creating skylines, transforming frozen moments in time on glass or crystal, by utilizing a complex, multi-process sand carving technique.