Most American brilliant-cut glass was colorless, exploiting the sparkling effect of the patterns and showing off the contents within. Colored cut glass was more expensive to produce, and thus, was more rare as glass firms wanted to make sure their products were profitable. See examples of both colorless and colored brilliant-cut glass from Corning, New York in our newly reopened Crystal City Gallery.
Vase in “Venetian” Pattern, T. G. Hawkes & Company, Corning, New York, United States, about 1890-1900. 97.4.22.