Waterford's role in New York's famous New Year's Eve celebrations
Waterford will be front and centre of New York's famous 'Ball Drop' New Year's Eve celebrations this evening.
Waterford Crystal has been fitting the world famous Times Square Ball with brilliant crystal panels since the 2000 New Year’s Eve Celebration, a tradition entrusted to Waterford native Tom Brennan.
"For Times Square 2019, 288 Waterford Crystal triangles introduce the new Gift of Harmony design of small rosette cuts flowing into each other in beautiful harmony," according to Waterford Crystal.
A further 288 are the Gift of Serenity design of butterflies flying peacefully above a crystal meadow, capturing the spirit of serenity. Another 288 are the Gift of Kindness design, consisting of a circle of rosettes symbolizing unity with the fronds reaching out in an expression of kindness.
A further 288 are the Gift Of Wonder design composed by a faceted starburst, inspiring our sense of wonder, while another 288 are the Gift of Fortitude design of diamond cuts on either side of a crystal pillar to represent the inner attributes of resolve, courage, and spirit necessary to triumph over adversity.
The remaining 1,248 triangles are the Gift of Imagination design with a series of intricate wedge cuts that are mirrored reflections of each other, inspiring our imagination.
The Times Square Ball is perhaps the most recognisable symbol of the New Year and will begin to drop at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve, before a celebrity-filled countdown brings the world's most famous city into 2019 - with a little help from Waterford!