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Gifts for a New Homeowner

by | Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

After the stress of moving, there’s nothing like a meaningful housewarming gift to make new homeowners feel at ease. Whether you’re a visiting family member, a close friend or a business partner, taking the time to give a gift to a new homeowner goes a long way. When a family member purchases their first home, it calls for a celebration! This momentous occasion is such a special time in a family member’s life that deserves to be commemorated in a way that...

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The History Behind Santa's Look

by | Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

Whenever you hear the name Santa Claus, a certain iconic image tends to come to mind. The red suit and hat with a white beard and bag of toys in tow instantly enters our imagination, but have you ever wondered why that is? What history is there behind the image of Santa we’ve all come to know and love? The truth of the matter is that our beloved Santa Claus's story dates all the way back to the 3rd century! Good Ol’ St. Nick Santa Claus traces his earliest roots all the way back to the monk St....

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Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Ornament Collection

by | Monday, July 29, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

The Shiny Brite collection from Christopher Radko celebrates the history and joy found in vintage ornaments. Dating back to the 1940s and 1950s, Shiny Brite ornaments were popular around the start of World War II. With the war affecting glass imports from Europe, ornament makers had to get creative to find a new way to source their materials. Max Eckhardt created the Shiny-Brite company and began sourcing glass ornaments out of upstate New York and shipping...

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2019 Mid Year Ornaments are Finally Here!

by | Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

With summer in full swing, Christmas can feel so far away. Luckily, the Christopher Radko Mid Year Collection gives us a chance to get excited about Christmas in the middle of all the warm weather! An anticipated event every year, the release of these new ornaments feature of few of the most exciting designs of the entire year’s collection. Here's an exclusive sneak peek to let you know just what you will find in the 2019 Mid Years! Sweet & Sugar A trademark of Christopher Radko ornaments is...

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Surf & Sun Collection

by | Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

It might be the middle of summer, but it’s always Radko season when you celebrate with ornaments from the new Christopher Radko Surf & Sun Collection. With the summer heat in full spring, embrace the hot weather with these beach-inspired ornaments that will make it truly feel like Christmas in July. Pulling inspiration from all things surf, sun and sand, these ornaments feature bright and bold colors with nautical features and plenty of summer charm. Image...

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How Radko Dome Ornaments Are Made

by | Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

We've already written about how Christopher Radko ornaments are made, from the first artistic rendering, to the mold creation process, all the way through the fine, hand-painted details that make Christopher Radko ornaments so beautiful and unique. But beyond the stunning artistry of the standard glass-blown ornaments are the distinctive Dome ornaments, which are specially made to resemble a snow globe. Christopher Radko Christmas Cottage Ornament 1019670 European glass blower artisans...

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The Top 100 Radko Ornaments of 2019

by | Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

Calling all Christopher Radko collectors; you won't want to miss out on any of these top sellers for the 2019 ornament collection! All Radko ornaments are special and every collector or Radko lover has different favorites, but each year we try to highlight the 100 top selling ornaments from the current Christopher Radko ornament collection. With over 600 ornaments in each year's collection, it is impossible to include them all! 1. Holiday Harlequin Santa Christmas Ornament 1019770 2. Bella...

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What Inspires Ornament Designer Joe Walden?

by | Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

--> With a catalog dating back over 30 years, it would be easy to believe that Christopher Radko ornaments have done it all. From The Beatles to hand-painted Santas, it would seem like every idea for an ornament has already been created! We talked with Joseph (Joe) Walden, Design Director for Christopher Radko to find out how he stays creative and fresh with his ornament's designs. CRG: When you first start designing a new ornament, where do you start? Where do you tend to get...

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Our Favorite Past & Present Radko Ornaments

by | Saturday, May 11, 2019 |

At Christopher Radko Gallery, we found that working for our magical company has sparked a passion for these beautiful Christmas ornaments. We love Radko ornaments just as much as all of you! Any devoted Christopher Radko collector is bound to know some ornaments are able to speak to your heart more than others. Here's some of our staff's favorite vintage Radko ornaments and from the 2019 collection on our website. Jennifer's Favorite Ornaments VINTAGE: Friends Indeed (1011325) is from the...

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The Evolution of Christopher Radko Ornaments since 1983

by | Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

When Christopher Radko began producing Christmas ornaments in the mid-80s, he had no idea they would become a worldwide phenomenon. Indeed, that wasn't even his intention! In Christmas 1983, due to the delicate nature of European heirloom glass ornaments, hundreds of his family's ornaments, treasured and irreplaceable, were broken. In the months that followed, Christopher embarked on a quest to replace his family's treasures, but instead, found flimsy, sub-par quality, mass produced ornaments....

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The History Behind Christmas Ornaments

by | Monday, April 29, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

If you’ve been collecting Christopher Radko ornaments for long, you know firsthand that these glass ornaments hold exquisite beauty while shining brightly on any Christmas tree. But did you know that the history of these glass blown art pieces date all the way back to 1500 BC? Christmas ornaments' purpose and design have changed throughout the centuries and we're going to explore the history of where the whole idea of decorating Christmas trees with them began! Image Source: Lisa Mende Design...

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Best Ways to Store Radko Ornaments

by | Monday, April 22, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

The Christmas season is over, and it’s time to put away all the decorations until next year, including your beloved Radko ornaments. When packing up your Radko ornaments, you’ll want to take extra care of them. Unpacking your Christmas collection each year is like unwrapping a present, and if not stored correctly, you could end up opening a box of your carefully curated collection to find it ruined. Radko ornaments are extremely fragile and must be packed with care to protect them. The first...

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How Christopher Radko Ornaments Are Made

by | Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

Whenever you look up at your favorite Radko ornaments, do you ever wonder how such detail and intricacy came to be? Radko ornaments have captured the hearts of millions for over 30 years with their distinct style and hand-crafted features. You may love to shop and collect these stunning ornaments, but have you ever learned how Christopher Radko ornaments are actually made? From initial design to final production, the process of creating one ornament takes over a year! Radko artists begin the...

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Christmas All-Year Long! Display Your Radko Ornaments for Any Occasion

by | Monday, April 8, 2019 | 0 comment(s)

Every year after Christmas the decorations and ornaments get packed up, put away and the magic of the season goes dormant until next year. But what if this didn’t have to always be the case? What if you could experience the joy and magic of Christmas ornaments throughout the year? The beauty of Christopher Radko ornaments is their year round versatility. Instead of packing away your treasured ornaments as soon as the New Year begins, you can place your favorite ornaments on display for...

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Wildlife Collection: Eye of the Tiger

by | Saturday, March 9, 2019 |

At Christopher Radko Gallery, we’re always seeking ways to give back and actively make a change for a better future. One of the ways we get to do this is through partnering with charities and philanthropies that excite us with their innovation and passion. One special collection in the Christopher Radko Gallery is the Wildlife Collection. These hand-painted ornaments, new for 2019, depict various safari animals and jungle cats. The detailed ornaments feature an animal atop an ornately...

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