My friends will tell you that I buy a lot of wine glasses, as well as break a lot of them. Maybe that's the reason why I buy so many in the first place. It's frustrating to break a glass I really like, but I've learned to accept it as one of the hazards of my hobby.
Crystal is just too damn easy to break. I thought it was because of the stems, so I got a couple of Riedel's "O" series glasses. They're the ones with just the bowl, no stem. But.......my father still managed to shatter one of those, so that argument has been proven wrong.
Just recently, my mother broke one of my favourite glasses. It's a standard size bowl, tulip shaped. I love it because I drink it with everything - red wine, white wine, Champagne, port, eau-de-vie - everything. So now I only have 2 of them left, and no hands or lips but mine are going to touch it.
Is there any way to prevent this? I don't think so. Except maybe I should buy glasses by the dozen. Or I can just drink wine out of a bowl, like we did in 2nd year. We were so desperate.