For over 100 years, Swarovski has been producing fine, high-quality crystals that are used in jewelry and many other applications. Daniel Swarovski started the company in 1895, with the support and partnership of Franz Weis and Armand Kossmann. His patented crystal cutting technique and use of only the finest quality crystals is what set his company apart from the rest. Swarovski crystals can range from crystal sculptures, miniatures, jewelry, apparel, home décor and stunning chandeliers. Swarovski also offers a large variety of colors and special coatings for their crystals, including the stunning aurora borealis (known as simply AB coating) which gives the crystal a lovely rainbow-like effect.
Other examples of Swarovski special coatings are: Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Because Swarovski crystals are 32% lead, they are considered full-lead crystal and have a sparkle to them that other crystal beads do not have.Swarovski crystal beads come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including: traditional round, oval, bicone, trendy wave, columns, cubes, hearts, helix, lucerna, rondelle, “chessboard”, rondelle, ring, square, keystone, elongated bicone, teardrop, artemis, wing, briolette, and orchid-shaped. Swarovski beads are used to make jewelry, to adorn purses and clothes like fancy gowns and silk blouses, and even for crafting, home décor and scrapbooking projects. Home décor items that use Swarovski crystal beads include: table ornaments, candle rings, fancy picture frames, ashtrays, decorative wreaths for tables, walls and doors, and even tassels and curtain tie-backs. As far as jewelry goes, you can create stunning pieces like necklaces, drop earrings, bracelets, broaches and chokers.