Nearly 200 new Waterford crystals were installed on the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square in New York on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s celebration to welcome in 2023.

Since 1999, replacements for the 2,688 crystal panels that make up the ball have been designed and made by hand by Irish craftsmen at Waterford. Each year, a new theme is chosen.

This year’s theme was the “Gift of Love,” incorporating intertwining love hearts, said Waterford master artisan Tom Brennan at the Times Square site.

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