The History Of Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski hair vine

I like to be known as a transparent business which means letting people know what materials I use in my business and how I or my suppliers contribute to the environment.

I love wearing beautiful things but I realized that in order to do this I have to have a planet not only to live on but one that sustains me too. I also have a conscious and want to know that my suppliers do too.  Hence why I only use materials to make my jewellery with that shares my ethics and pays their workers a fair income with great working condition’s for their employees.  It is these ethics that has been the driving force behind my business practices and the products that I make.

In today’s blog I am going to be looking at one of the materials that I use in my designs – Swarovski crystals and Swarovski Pearls. You will learn who Swarovski is, what a Swarovski crystal is made of, how it differs from other crystals and how to care for it plus much more.

I was introduced to these wonderful orbs several years ago when a family member gave me a bracelet that had been made out of Swarovski. I was mesmerized by its brilliant shine and how it looked very much like a diamond and I was hooked!

A couple of years later when the Earth Faeries was born I decided to use it in my collections.

Hand made rose bridal hair comb
A handmade hair comb with Swarovski Crystals & Swarovski pearls


Firstly I was looking for vegan materials and was delighted that they passed the cruelty free test.  Secondly they are environmentally friendly business and the company is an ethical one too so I more than happy to use their products in my creations. Here is a report detailing their good ethics and how they are protecting the environment. Click here for the report. Thirdly I love their cut, clarity, amazing vibrant colours (my favorite is blush pink) and their contour. Contour means perfectly shaped crystals. How could I resist?

Swarovski Crystals
These beautiful beads are authentic Swarovski Crystals that I using in my new designs


I often get asked by my customers and friends about what Swarovski crystal is made of etc of so I thought I would write an article on it.

Who is Swarovski you may be wondering? Daniel Swarovski was the son of a glass cutter and following in the footsteps of his father he became skilled in glass cutting. Danial had a dream of creating a diamond that everyone could afford to have. He invented and patented an electric cutting machine in 1892 that was revolutionary. This allowed the crystal to be cut with more precision than by hand and create a wonderful piece of fine man made gem that had the brilliance of a diamond.

These beautiful crystals are used by well known designers and brands such as Chanel in their fashion collections.  Famous models have adorned them on the catwalks all around the world. They have been featured in Victoria secrets collections – a famous lingerie brand.  The Austrian brand has dated back to 1897 – spanning five generations of the Swarovski Family.  You may be surprised to discover that the brand has dressed big names back in history such as Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman prefer blonds and Audrey Hepburn in breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Swarovski crystals where used in her tiara. Seasonal collections are added every year and the crystals are used in combination with precious and semi precious stones too.

What exactly is a Swarovski crystal? Unlike quartz crystals that are made by mother nature and found in the earth – Swarovskis are man made by using natural resources such as sand, quartz and minerals.

Why are they more expensive than glass? They use only the finest natural materials, the crystal is cut with precision using a special patented machine and are polished to a brilliant shine. The entire process is very complex as the crystal is created to have hundreds of identical facets in several directions. Each direction of the reflected light must be calculated on a computer then has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and converted into programs for the machinery to make them.

How do you know if they are the genuine article?

  • there should be no bubbles inside of the crystal
  • each one is identical size to the other. There should be no variations
  • the same colour family are identical shades
  • If there is scratches on the crystal or an oily sheen then this means its not an authentic one.
  • apart from the Swarvoski pearls the crystals come loose and are not stringed together
  • All facets of the crystal meet and point upwards.

How do you care for Swarovski crystals? They should be treated the same way as fine jewellery.

  • remove your crystals before swimming or any form of exercise and before applying any lotions or make up. If getting ready put make on and put lotion on and wait a couple of minute for lotion to penetrate into skin before put them on. If going to bed take Swarovski crystals off first and then do your nightly routine.
  • Mild soap and water and a cloth should be used to clean and polish them. Swarovski recommend drying with a soft lint free towel and finish with a cotton Swarovski cloth. When handling your crystals it is a good idea to wear cotton gloves to prevent getting finger prints on them. Swarovski do sell cleaning packs to keep your crystals in pristine condition.
  • Do not use any cleaners containing alcohol, sonic cleaners, commercial jewellery cleaners or boiling water as this will have a damaging effect on the crystal.
  • Store them in the original packaging or place tissue paper over them after use to prevent them scratching metal or loosening the crystal.
  • Do not store in excessive heat or sun exposure. Make sure you never wear them for bed time, bath time or when exercising.
  • Chains and necklace will retain their shine better when they are hung when not worn.

Adhering to these guidelines will keep your Swarovski crystals beautiful and lustrous for years to come.

Hand made silver Swarovski hair vine
A delicate hair vine with lustrous Swarovsksi pearls and shimmering crystals.

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How is Swarovski Crystal made

Swarovski jewellery collection for brides

Hands up who loves Swarovski crystals. Both of my hands are up at the moment. I have a passion for these sparkling little wonders which are available in every colour that you can think of but my favorite is clear and pink.  I have smiles of glee as I surround myself with them and happily thread them onto my wires or sprinkle them into my faerie jars.


It’s surprising what I can do with them when I let my imagination have free reign.


In this blog I’m going to show you where Swarovski crystals come from, what their made of and what other things they are used for besides jewellery making.

They are loved and adored world wide and are used by the top fashion houses such as Christian Dior.  You will see them adorned on models on the cat walks of Milan, New York and Paris. Swarovski crystals made history at New York’s fashion week this season by featuring almost 700,000 during the week. An Austrian jewellery company gave financial support to collective designers for spring 2017. Big names name designers and brands have used them in their collections too.

And whilst most people have an item that is made of them in their jewellery box  how much do you know about these beautiful timeless crystals. I don’t know about you but I love learning about the pieces of jewellery I am wearing as it makes me appreciate it all the more.

Swarovski crystals surprisingly are not grown in the earth like quartz crystals although some of their ingredients compose of quartz. Rather they are man made and made by Danial Swarovski. Danial Swarovski, formerly known as Daniel Swartz was born in Northern Bohemia . He was the son of a glass maker who owned his own little factory. He served there as a young apprentice and became skilled in glass cutting.

In 1892 he invented and patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass. And thus the Swarovski empire was born. The Swarovski empire also has another business which is producing and selling loose elements to the industry. The Swarovski crystals are used in decor, on clothing, chandeliers and to make figures. The figurines have a huge following and fan base.  In fact I felt inspired by this parrot figurine. parot

Up until then I had only been using them to make jewellery . I decided to get creative and started making accessories for customers weddings and for children. Perhaps you would like to read about my recent project where I collaborated with the tooth faerie to make faerie jars for two lovely little girls

I have also just made my customers this bespoke faerie jar as a keep sake and wedding favor. It feels like I’m in faerie land making them.


So what exactly are these beautiful crystals made of. They are made of high quality lead glass using quartz, sand and minerals. The rainbow spectrum that you see which is called refraction is the special metallic coating that lets light refract in all colors of the rainbow.


So what makes these different to just normal glass you may be wondering. Swarovski uses only the finest materials, superior production, cutting and polishing process and is what sets these crystals apart from other glass works. It is easy to see why top fashion houses and designers including myself enjoy working with them.cropped-cropped-wales-131.jpg

According to Swarovski “cutting hard materials such as crystals and gems in such a way that they a hundred identical facets in several directions is a very complicated process; each direction of the reflected light must be first calculated by a computer, then this has to be stimulated in 3D optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery”.  This laborious  and complicated process brings us beautiful crystals that have the brilliance and beauty of diamonds at affordable prices.

So next time your wearing your beautiful collections which have been set with Swarovski crystals now you know the love time and effort that has gone into creating such a beautiful piece of jewellery.


What is your favorite colour Swarovski crystals?