What Makes a Swarovski Crystal Special?

July 31, 2017

What Makes a Swarovski Crystal Special?

Swarovski is synonymous with the highest quality glass crystals today. 

The century-old name is an Austrian crystal manufacturer that has specialized in machine-cut crystals that boast precision and luxury since 1892. In the early 1960s, Swarovski developed a famous Aurora Borealis (AB) crystal with Christian Dior, adding an explosion of rainbow sparkles to the surface of the crystal. Since then, the brand has collaborated with many top-notched fashion designers, like Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton – countless of them. There’s even a Swarovski museum in Austria showcasing the company’s precious collection!

 

How is Swarovski Crystal Made?

 While Swarovski won’t reveal its secretive manufacturing process, we know that Swarovski crystals are made of quartz sand and natural minerals. The actual product is a form of man-made glass, with a 32% concentration of lead. Although lead is a toxic substance, wearing lead glass jewelry is not harmful to the human body. In fact, the presence of lead is what gives Swarovski crystals the extra sparkle and brilliance.

The Swarovski’s patented cutting machine then allows for a technology-driven cut that creates a high refraction index in the crystals. The machine is so powerful and precise that it can create as many as 100 facets to mirror and bend light in various directions. 

After a complex cutting process, a Swarovski crystal is then polished to perfection. Some of the Swarovski products have special coatings. The AB crystals, for example, have a metallic coating that refracts light in a rainbow spectrum.

The combination of a secret chemical formula and the highest degree of precision cut produces the world-renowned Swarovski crystals. The Swarovski crystals are more expensive than regular glass because of its fine materials and a complicated manufacturing process.

 

What Makes Swarovski Special Besides its Production Process? 

Swarovski’s precision cutting is unmatched by other manufacturers in the industry. The company also produces high precision optical instruments like telescopes and binoculars, abrasive tools, and even road lighting systems!

The company’s innovative culture has really shaped the brand’s image. There’s nothing Swarovski can’t design or create – from the giant crystal on top of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree to covering any designer items with thousands of Swarovski crystals. In a sense, Swarovski has tied itself to luxury and creativity.

 

Our Swarovski Collection at Isabelle Grace Jewelry

 Aurora Earrings ($46)

 

At Isabelle Grace Jewelry, we carry a curated collection of Swarovski jewelry that can bring sparkle and brilliance to your daily life. We feature Swarovski crystals in classic, elegant designs that allow you to shine with grace and style. Browse our collection to find your favorite piece of Swarovski jewelry now!

  





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