Swarovski crystals are produced in Austria by the Swarovski Crystal Company. The company was formed in 1895 and uses Daniel Swarovski's expertise and knowledge in the field of precision cutting and polishing of crystals. Daniel Swarovski's exact crystal formula and design patents have been kept as family secrets.
Swarovski crystal beads and pendants are man made from the finest quality crystal. Quartz sand is mixed with silica, lime and lead and it is fired at exceptionally high temperatures and then cooled very slowly. Swarovski crystal is made up of 32% lead which is a higher than usual content of lead and gives the crystal its' brilliance.
The cutting principles for Swarovski crystals are the same as those applied to diamond cutting. Once cut, the beads are polished and some are coated with a metallic chemical coating which allows the crystals to refract a rainbow spectrum of light. These coatings come in various shades and produce different effects.
The name 'Swarovski crystal' is synonymous with the finest quality crystal available worldwide. It is the unique high quality cutting and polishing techniques that define Swarovski crystal beads and set them apart from their competitors. The fine craftsmanship is evident in the quality of the beads.
To keep Swarovski beads looking their best,simply wash them with lukewarm water and very mild detergent or baby shampoo. Rinse and use a lint free cloth to wipe them dry.
I have fallen in love with Swarovski crystals over the past several years and love to incorporate them into my jewelry designs. They are available in a vast array of colours (at least 76 colours), shapes and sizes.
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