Monday, March 2, 2009

The Swarovski Beginning

Shiny Cut DiamondSo many of us use swarovski crystals in our jewelry creations. Did you ever wonder where the name came from and what are swarovski crystals? I came upon this article in an antique book and would like to share it with you.

In 1891 , Daniel Swarovski, located in Austria, revolutionized the
jewelry business with a new glass cutting apparatus that could
mechanically cut faceted glass . Individual stones that use to take
days or even weeks to finish by hand could now be produced in minutes.
Swarovski decided to also learn the trade of glass making. In 1908, he
began producing glass with a 32% high lead count that gave him faceted
stones that were far superior to other companies. These were sold as
"Strauss Austrian crystals".
Today, swarovski imitation stones are 85% of all rhinestones used by
the American jewelry industry.

1 comment:

  1. hi..
    i was wondering how they got their name..just now i realized their name reason..thank you yo..