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« on: March 14, 2006 07:13:24 PM »

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So.  Where can I go to gain knowledge and information about the kinds of stones, beads, etc that I use?
For instance, why are swarovski (I forget..is it swarovsky? Guess I should figger THAT out) so cool and sought after?
What IS a man made crystal?

See, i want to infuse a bit of intelligence in with the product I'm going to make, just so that I can come back sounding like I know what I'm doing, rather than just sticking a wire in a hole.

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2006 07:50:57 PM »

Swarovski is known as the best because of its really good craftsmanship.  Check out this info page about it:


I've bought Chinese made crystal and it's nice but doesn't have the sparkle that Swarovski does because the faceting isn't as good.  Swarovski is sparkly like crazy, not much else can compete with it in terms of impact in designs.  It's more expensive, but to me it's worth it to search and find deals on it and maybe use a bit less of it to save $ in order to get that quality. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006 05:57:15 AM »

Man-made crystal is glass with a high lead content. Swarovski may add something else too, I'm not sure.
I know Swarovski's AB finish is a ultra-thin layer of 24-karat gold, and that is what causes the rainbow effect

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006 02:59:37 PM »

Actually Swarovski is the sparkliest because it has the highest lead content - 32% no one else makes crystal with such a high lead content. Of course the well cut facets help show off it's sparkle too.  Smiley Some Czech and Chinese crystal is 24%, Some is only 6 %. Some Chinese glass probably has no lead content. Swarovski spends a lot of money on promoting their name and their image as being the best quality.

Take a look here for more info http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/community/forum/topic.asp?page=-1&TOPIC_ID=19950&REPLY_ID=170266#170266 - Russ Nobbs  - The man behind rings and things (top company) has plenty of helpful answers.  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006 02:50:55 PM »

when i first started making the jewels, i took out a ton of books from the library about natural stones and glass and styles of beads. also, going to a jewelry or bead show can help you learn the terminology.

« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2006 01:40:24 PM »

Just reading Fire Mountain Gem catalogs is educational (and fun, and drool-inducing). 
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