Many people have heard about Swarovski crystals, but not everyone knows for sure what it is. Someone knows that these are not diamonds, but very expensive accessories and things, as well as jewelry, are decorated with them.
So let's see what Swarovski crystals are, why they are so expensive and how do they differ from other synthetic stones?
What are Swarovski crystals?
Rhinestone jewelry is a common thing. But there is such jewelry that is as close as possible to jewelry. It is created using the famous Swarovski crystals. These are not glass or plastic crystals. These are stones of high transparency and an incredible play of light, as close as possible to the game of diamonds.
Crystal faces are sharp and sharp. It is impossible to meet punctures or muddy blotches on them - this is the result of the unique crystal composition that was invented by the founder of the brand. More than 100 years have passed since the founding of the company, and the recipe and technology for the production of crystal remains a secret. It is the only crystal producer of this quality in the world. And not surprisingly, because if the recipe is made public, then Swarovski crystals will cease to be so unique.
REFERENCE! High requirements are applied to glassware in factories - if transparency is reduced in a batch, turbidity or bubbles appear, it goes to remelting. The key to success of Swarovski crystals is absolute transparency and precise cut.
Why are they called so, their features
Swarovski crystals are named after the names of their inventor Daniel Swarovski. Daniel was born in mountain Bohemia, and this place has always been famous for high-quality glass.
Daniel first worked as an apprentice in the workshop of his father, who was engaged in the production of glass. But later he went to Paris to get an engineering profession. And after visiting the World Electrotechnical Exhibition, the young man thought about improving the process of grinding glass using current. He soon introduced the world to an electric grinder. This became the basis for the emergence of a new brand - Swarovski.
REFERENCE! Daniel Swarovski invented the world's first current-based crystal grinding machine. This happened in 1891, and a year later he received a patent for his invention. And 3 years later, in 1895, he founded a crystal factory in Austria.
The peculiarity of crystals is that they are not made of ordinary glass, as many people think. The basis for rhinestones is a unique, high-quality crystal. His recipe is kept secret, and the same Daniel Swarovski came up with his sons. It is only known that the composition includes quartz sand, soda, potash and minium. As a result, the crystal is completely transparent.
Daniel also came up with a special cut of stones - 7 narrow and as many wide faces. A silver-mirror substrate is applied to the lower part of the product. Thanks to her, the radiance of stones is enhanced. And the play of light, close to the diamond, is obtained due to the addition of sulfur oxide to the crystal.
REFERENCE! The name “rhinestones” came from the name of the 18th century jeweler Georges Strass. He became famous for his ability to skillfully fake diamonds.
In the 50s of the last century, Daniel’s grandson created colored crystals that echo the palette of 12 popular gems. Each genuine crystal larger than 12 mm has a STRASS® laser engraving. The exception is rhinestones of deep black color and all that is less than 12 mm. Engraving on them can only be viewed under a microscope.
Where are they used?
Swarovski crystals are used in jewelry and jewelry. They make pictures and inlaid decorative figures. Often you can find an evening or wedding dress with Swarovski crystals. Outfits for ballroom and sports dancing are also decorated with legendary crystals. They are also used for decorating sports suits - figure skating, gymnastics and more.
Swarovski crystals are used for:
- manicure and pedicure;
- lock of hair;
- teeth inlays - skyce;
- accessories - belts and bags;
- technicians - phone, laptop, flash drive;
- jewelry for hair - elastic bands, hairpins;
- car decoration.
Today, Swarovski AG does not only make loose stones and crystal figures. In its assortment there are chandeliers and optical equipment.
It is interesting! Swarovski chandeliers are treated with a special anti-static substance, so no dust is collected on them.