Monday, 11 February 2008
Tiara from www.crystalvelvet.co.uk created using Swarovski crystal.
Swarovski is "the" name in crystals.
If you compare the swarovski crystal with other quality crystals, you will find it easy to tell the difference. Crystal is created from glass containing lead. The fascets (ie faces that reflect the light giving sparkle) are created by machines. With most crystals the glass needs to be returned to the heat to melt out imperfections caused by machinery cuts. With swaroski there is no need to do this, which means that the angles are sharp and reflect the light better.
The term AB that often acompanioes the name swarovski stands for arora borailis.
AB is a coating applied to the crystals that causes even more reflection to occur. Swarovski also introduced a range of double AB with is even more intense.
Swarovski crystals come in many different sizes and shapes, but my personal favourite remains the bicone.