Swarovskis are a girls best friend. At least it’s affordable. Kinda. I first learned about it when I started making jewelry. Having a l;ove for bright an sparkly things, I was naturally drawn to these crystals. No other crystal shines like a Swarovski. Below is a little history as provided by Wikipedia:
Swarovski AG (/swɒrˈɒfski/ sworr-off-skee) is an Austrian producer ofluxury cut lead glass (‘crystal’), headquartered in Wattens. The company is split into two major industry areas, the Swarovski Kristall business unit that primarily works with luxury items and fashion design crystals, and theTyrolit business unit that manufactures bonded abrasives as well as concrete sawing and drilling machinery.
Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served anapprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.
In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory inWattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.
The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor, and chandeliers.All sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweissflower, which was replaced by an S.A.L. logo, which was finally replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.
To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, gives the surface a rainbow appearance. Other coatings are named by the company, including Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.
In 2004 Swarovski released Xilion, a copyrighted cut designed to optimise the brilliance of Roses (components with flat backs) and Chatons (diamond cut).
If you make jewelry or are in the fashion industry you know how expensive these can be. Designers use them to cover dresses in intricate patterns. I myself can only afford to use the 4 mm and 8 mm sizes on a semi-regular basis. they are also available in a hot fix crystal.swarov