Are My Inherited Glasses Safe for Drinks?

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Q: I recently inherited a bunch of drinking glasses from my grandmother. I was really excited about it, as I just moved into a new apartment, and have been looking for some new things for my kitchen. However, when I was washing them out, I realized that the crystal glasses she gave me had stickers on the bottom certifying that they were "genuine lead crystal."

Obviously, that led me to a bit of research, and from what I've read, drinking from the glasses isn't too harmful (thought I won't do it anyway), and storing liquids in lead glass is a definite no, as it leaches the lead that way.

My question is, could the other drinking glasses I inherited also have lead in them? They're plain glass, not crystal and nothing painted on them, but I'm just not sure what they're made of. Any thoughts?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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