Post # 1
So I was given a gift voucher by my old co-workers for a high-end luxury store to the tune of 500TTD or 80USD. The store is great and has luxury perfumes, china, crystal stemware and jewellery, most of which is overpriced except for a couple pearl earrings and the Swarovski jewellery line (which is still expensive but not outrageously so). I saw some Swarovski pieces that I liked, particulary a couple pairs of earrings but I’m nothing if not an informed shopper so I decided to do my research before I used the voucher.
Turns out Swarovski is actually expertly cut leaded glass and not *really* a crystal. Also, there’s seems to be ambiguity about if the pieces are made of sterling silver or a rhodium-plated alloy as I’ve seen both metals listed during my research. From what I’ve gathered, it all seems to be over-priced, over-rated high-end fashion jewellery and not really fine jewellery but I can’t get much else with the store voucher anyway and I still really like the pair of earrings I had in mind, so I’m thinking I should just go ahead and get it but I’m still not sure.
Anyway, does anyone own Swarovski jewellery? If so, what is your piece made of and how has it worn? Anyone have any additional info on Swarovski? Do you think it’s worth it? PLEASE POST PICS IF YOU HAVE. 🙂
Here are the earrings btw: (85-90USD or about 750TTD in the store so overpriced but that’s the best price locally):
Post # 3
My FMIL has bought me a few pieces as gifts and I really like them. I have worn the necklace almost daily for the past couple years and the metal still looks brand new. She found me the matching earrings a few months ago and they are also great.
Post # 4
Mmm I’m not a fan. I think for the same price, or cheaper, you could get something that isn’t faked. I don’t really like their extravagant designs either. I’d have issues with their posts as I can only wear gold without my ears getting infected but that may not be an issue for you.
Those pieces you’ve posted are pretty though, particularly the top pair but I’d probably put the gift card towards perfume if it was mine. Happy spending!
Post # 5
@Arshim: i have owned a lot of swarovski jewellery. i received them all as gifts. my ex’s parents used to give me jewellery every birthday and xmas.
the jewellery is nice and i found that it lasted and wore well. keep in mind that i never wear jewellery in the shower or to bed.
one of my favourite pieces is a double chain starfish necklace that my son gave me. i have 2 bangle bracelets from there too. i wear those often. again, a gift from my son.
i love the earrings that you posted. i really like the top pic. i had a pair of simple bezel set studs from swarovski and loved them. wore them all the time.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses so far guys. 🙂
Anyone else have Swarovski jewellery out there?
Post # 7
@Arshim: I have lots and while I would agree that it’s overpriced and essentially costume jewelry, I like the designs and I think they’re fun.
I’ve never had any visible wear and tear on any of my pieces.
As it so happens, I just packed my carry on to make sure all of my jewelry would fit (barely) and a good deal of it is Swarovski. (I do have fine jewelry, but that is mostly in pouches and the swarovski boxes take up plenty of room.)
Post # 8
FI bought me these earrings (not the pendant and necklace) on impulse because there was a GREAT groupon deal out on them. I’d get more, they wear well and they sparkle like mad.
Post # 9
I have a few pieces.
It is no secret I like glittery things… more so than my budget will allow (Diamonds)
So my whole life I’ve been attracted to whatever has been available at a decent price…
First it was White Quartz – then Rhinestones – then White Sapphires – then CZs (when they became “a thing”)… and in recent years Swarovski Crystals
I KNOW that NONE of these are Diamonds, but I still enjoy the sparkle
AND I can get a piece that shows better (is bigger) for not a lot of money. (I think at some point it is quite obvious that something isn’t Diamonds, strictly because of its size)
As for costing. I don’t find them ridiculously expensive.
I mean I will pay anywhere up to $ 100 for some costume jewellery from other sources (Home Parties, Jewellery Counter at the Dept Store, local Craft Fairs etc) and Sterling Silver if you are so lucky) … so paying $ 80 to $ 150 Dollars for something that looks so terrific and is Sterling, or Gold Plated IMO is acceptable.
Lol, mind you… a good lot of my jewellery comes as gifts from my Beloved Hubby… as he knows it is something I like.
I have a few pieces… a Bracelet (Swarovski beads) – a Fashion Pendant – a Charm – a pair of Earrings – and a Watch.
Sparkle IMO is fun… and I enjoy occasions when I “can shine”… a Wedding would certainly be one such occasion.
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
I think you have way too many poll options.
Post # 11
@Arshim: I’ve never actually purchased swarovski pre-made jewelry, however I frequently use swarovski components when making my own jewelry and they are very high quality.
Post # 12
I own several pieces of Swarovski jewelry. It is my favorite costume jewelry line. Although I feel like it is slightly overpriced, however, the quality is awesome and it wears very well. If I ever had an issue with crystals falling out they are really good about exchanging it out or fixing it if the item is retired. I love sparkly jewelry and it is a great alternative to the much more expensive diamond jewelry! I also make jewelry and Swarovski is the only crystal component I will use because it is a great quality and nothing else sparkles quite like it!
Post # 13
I own several pieces of Swarovski jewellery received as gifts, though I don’t think I’d purchase any myself. I have a few pendant necklaces, a bangle, two rings, and several earrings. I wear the jewellery on special occasions and I do like how the pieces I have look much more expensive than they are. When I do wear them, I get tons of compliments, so I guess they’re eyecatching though simple pieces. Regardless, I’d like to stop receiving Swarovski as presents because most of their stuff simply isn’t my style. I collect/wear JCrew and Kate Spade jewellery since I dress very simply everyday (think Jil Sander), so I like statement costume jewellery. Statement pieces from Swarovski would be must too expensive and sparkly for my taste.
Also, I can usually only wear 18k+ gold or platinum earrings, but Swarovski studs are find since they tend to be surgical steel.
Post # 14
I love Swarovski. My husband bought me beautiful earrings from there. I bought my BMs bracelets from there. I’d have more stuff from Swarovski, but I do feel they are overpriced.
Post # 15
I have a tennis bracelet from there (present from ex.) A coworker of mine who was shopping for engagement rings for his very well-off girlfriend grabbed my wrist and went “My g-d is that real?!“
I started laughing…anyway, the stuff sparkles like crazy. It’s way better quality than the cheap ‘crystal’ plastic crap that is so easy to find.
That bracelet is 10+ years old and looks as good as the day I bought it.