Baccarat Crystal Snowflake for UNICEF - Photo from CBS New York

Baccarat Crystal Snowflake for UNICEF - Photo from CBS New York

Did you know that every year in December, UNICEF hangs an enormous crystal snowflake made by French crystal maker Baccarat above the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City? They hang it in conjunction with an annual ball as a reminder of their commitment to reach a day when zero children die from preventable causes.

Baccarat Crystal Snowflake -- Photo from UNICEF Site

Baccarat Crystal Snowflake -- Photo from UNICEF Site

The original snowflake was displayed in New York starting in 1984. In 2005, UNICEF commissioned a new snowflake from Baccarat. (The original model moved to Beverly Hills and hangs over the Beverly Wilshire hotel.) The New York snowflake contains 16,000 crystal prisms, is 23 feet wide and over 28 feet tall, and weighs more than 3,300 pounds. Both snowflakes are beautiful, handcrafted crystal ornaments consisting of 12 double-sided branches.

Baccarat Snowflake -- Photo from NYC♥NYC on Flickr

Baccarat Snowflake -- Photo from NYC♥NYC on Flickr

So beautiful, and such an inspiring cause. We wish all our customers and friends peace and beauty this holiday season.

–Brett

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