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Posted by deb47779 on March 5, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Meet Peter...

I was born and raised in Kosta Boda, Sweden.  Kosta Boda is famous for its crystal factory. Sweden is famous for soccer.  My nickname was "Kosta", and I played soccer and worked in the crystal factory with my family. I played for one of Sweden's best teams at the time & Kosta-Boda became my sponsor when I moved from a 5th division team to a top division team at age 17. I spent a lot of time in the Kosta-Boda Crystal factory & learned a great deal in all aspects of crystal making.

I came to the United States in 1979 to play professional soccer for the San Diego Soccers .  While working thru challenges with a Visa, I ended up at the University of Tampa  playing soccer and winning the national championship in 1981.  This is also where I met my wife of 31 years.  I was drafted to the Witchita Wings going as #2 in first round, and ended up playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.   After soccer, my business choice was simple.   I used my knowledge of crystal to design, create, and import crystal to the USA.  Back then I hand cut lead crystal in my garage and sold it to gift shops and country clubs.  The crystal business fit nicely with my soccer background since I was used to traveling the world to play soccer and now I could travel to find the finest crystal products at the best prices.  I have connections with crystal factories in Sweden, Poland, and Romania.  My current studio is in China.  I have taken the knowledge I have from my family that has worked in the crystal factory for generations and I have trained my own people in China to produce crystal products following my high standard of quality and perfection.

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Reply Rich
1:51 PM on September 2, 2014 

Just checking your website and wanted to see if this email works. I received an email from you as part of a mass email you sent out and was just wondering how you are doing. Hope all is well.

Rich Bergold