(Closed) Swarovsk Crystal Mystery

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ashump210:  Swarovski crystals are actually faceted lead crystal/glass

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Swarovski doesn’t market themselves as a diamond substitute.  I’ve got a few of their pieces and the sparkle is insane, probably because as love108 noted, they’re lead crystal/glass.  A lot of other so-called crystals are plastic.

I have a tennis bracelet which is really beautiful.  I totally forgot about it until now, but my old coworker, who was looking at engagement rings nearly dropped his laptop when he saw it and said “OMG – is that real?!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Defintely not a diamond substitute….I have worn cubic zirconias on my earlobes all my life…then I turned 28 and could afford some swarovski crystals…they don’t look like diamonds, they look like something a little more fabulous, but that’s just my opinion. Although I agree I wouldn’t pay a bunch of money to have my dress encrusted with them.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No not at all.  Swarovski is cut glass, while dimond is a totally different material alltogether.

I don’t understand what you mean by “authentic crystals” since it is maufactured cut glass, so not sure what can or cannot be authentic about it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

as noted, Swarovski crystals are a brand name lead crystal.  They are engineered to the highest standards, and yes are often counterfieted… Often with cheaper knockoffs from China.  You can often tell the difference between Swarovski crystals and knockoffs pretty quickly…the sparkle is just NOT the same.

 

 Also, its not a fad.  Swarovski crystals have been used on clothing for yeaaaaaars….

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I did a project on Swarovski once, and the reason they are a bit more expensive is because they have a patented process that only they go through to create their crystal. Also it is a luxury brand that has quite a bit of name recognition… whenever that happens the price will go up.

There is something about swarovski that just looks different than other crystals, a flourescence that exists, but isn’t over the top. I’m not trying to sell this to you, just saying that is what I’ve noticed.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@Atalanta:  @ashump210:  Nothing more to add to what PPs have already stated.

Except, I think what OP means by the “authentic” crystals issue is that many sellers will advertise their products as being studded/adorned/embellished with Swarovski crystals, when they just used run-of-the-mill plastic/glass crystals. This wouldn’t be a big deal, except these sellers can charge Swarovski prices for bargain bin products. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MlleFabuleux:  This is my pet peeve…and the main reason I reluctant to buy bridal accessories off Etsy. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ashump210:  No worries.  The real ones are quite lovely and VERY sparkly.

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