Swarovski crystals in EverWith memorial jewellery
Swarovski crystals enhance many of our beautiful pieces of EverWith jewellery. Discover more about these luxurious, sparkling additions.
What are Swarovski crystals?
Swarovski crystals are precision-crafted man-made gems.
Although, in fact, they are neither crystals nor gems. They are a form of glass created through a patented process of precision cutting and polishing.
They come from Austria. Here, Daniel Swarovski invented the machine to cut them in 1892. Daniel, whose original name was David Swartz, was the son of a Bohemian glass cutter. His glass-cutting machine was to revolutionise the industry with its precise cutting capacity.
What are they made of?
The exact composition is unknown. The formula is a company secret which passes from generation to generation. However, we know that these crystals contain sand, quartz, and minerals. They also have a small amount of lead which helps to maximise their refraction. However, you don't need to worry. They are perfectly safe to wear. The amount of lead is so tiny that they are legally known as lead-free.
Imitation diamonds or Simulated diamonds are other names for Swarovski crystals.
How do they make them?
According to Swarovski, “Cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task".
First, computers calculate each direction of the reflected light. Then, 3D technology simulates and optimises the cutting. Finally, this becomes a control program for complex machinery.
How can you recognise a real Swarovski crystal?
Swarovski crystals contain no bubbles. This is due to the extremely high quality of the manufacturing components.
This is one reason why these crystals out-shine and out-sparkle their competitors.
Also, all the facets meet and point upwards and each crystal is identical in its size and cut. The surfaces are free of scratches and do not exhibit an oily sheen. They are flawless.
Swarovski crystals are famous for their stunning clarity and extraordinary brilliance. They have brought shining beauty to many film stars and settings. They are elegantly sophisticated and superbly luxurious-looking.
In fact, telling them apart from a real diamond is very difficult. They both have the same clear, brilliant, magical sparkle.
Diamonds, which exist naturally within the earth, are harder than Swarovski crystals, although both can scratch glass. Due to the difficulty in obtaining diamonds, these are much more expensive than Swarovski crystals which are also a more eco-friendly option.
Daniel Swarovski's dream was to create "a diamond for everyone". It looks like he did just that.