What are Swarovski Crystals?

Swarovski crystals are not naturally formed, as many people believe they are. Rather, they are made of a combination of lead and glass, like most other crystal. When lead is introduced to glass, and then it is processed and refined, the glass becomes highly refractive, meaning it reflects light extremely well. It is the reflective nature that makes gems appears "shiny." They are also foil-backed in most instances; this also helps to increase the reflective nature of the crystals themselves. The weight tends to be higher than acrylic crystal beads.

How are Swarovski Crystals Different from Other Crystals?

Swarovski crystals differ from other crystals, such as Czech rhinestones, mostly because of the proprietary process that they go through prior to sale to the public. Swarovski crystals are cut by a proprietary method. All gems and crystals rely on special cutting methods to increase beauty; this is why expensive diamonds tend to have extremely complex cuts. The Swarovski Company came up with a special cut for their lead and glass crystal beads, allowing them to mimic the refractoriness of much more expensive gems. In fact, Swarovski crystals have a long history of used by celebrities in place of much more expensive jewelry. The crystals can mimic heavily diamond-studded jewelry that would otherwise cost several hundred thousand dollars. It is Swarovski crystal's ability to make fine jewelry accessible to mid-range income consumers that led to their increased popularity.

What is the History of Swarovski Crystals?

Daniel Swarovski is the creator of Swarovski crystals. The exact technique for cutting the crystals was something Swarovski himself created. In 1892, Swarovski created a gem-cutting machine that was capable of making automatic cuts to the crystals, without causing severe breakage. The Swarovski Company itself did not come under incorporation until a few years later, in 1895. The crystals grew in popularity quite quickly, mainly due to their fine appearance and lower price than diamonds.


What is Vermeil (Gold Filled Jewelry) vs Gold Plated and why buy?

When deciding on a gold jewelry item there are always many different terms that come up.  The most popular are Solid Gold, Gold Filled, and Gold Plated.  It is important to know the differences between Gold Filled jewelry and Gold Plated jewelry when making your choice.  Solid gold is of course an exquisite piece of jewelry.  Gold filled is the next level and is an amazing, quality alternative to solid gold.  Gold plating is the lower level and these items tend to tarnish and can often times turn the skin green.

Gold Filled:  Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal.  Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating.  Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant.  It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors.  As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry.  Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold!

Government Regulation:  Gold filled items are regulated by the government.  These items are therefore so much better then gold plated which has no regulations at all.  Gold filled jewelry is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as rhodium (a member of the platinum family), brass, and sterling silver.  Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold.  Everything you can see and touch is pure gold.  In the jewelry industry the quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product.

Lifetime Products:  Gold-Filled items are generally considered lifetime products, and the gold layer will not wear off, as it will in electroplated products.  Gold filled jewelry is often called the wave of the future because it offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty….but at a fraction of the cost!

Caring for Gold Filled:  Caring for Gold Filled items is as easy as caring for any gold jewelry. Simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.

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