Perfect Swarovski or Perfectly Fake?

As you may well be aware, I absolutely love the brilliant sparkle of Swarovski and I incorporate the perfect sparkle of these Austrian Crystals into so many of my jewellery designs. In fact, these undeniably glimmery pieces could well be your favourites too – based on what you have bought so far!

However, as a consumer, how do YOU know that what you’re getting is genuine?

Having been duped myself many moons ago when I first started making jewellery, it was clear that I had to scrutinise my supplies and my suppliers. Nowadays I buy from certified stockists in the UK and still check the crystals when they arrive at my door. Who wants substandard quality? Not me, for one.

Swarovski components are stated to be the best quality machine cut, polished crystal beads in the whole wide world and this statement screams true when you wear them and even more when you find a fake for comparison!

The high demand for these pieces brings forth a wealth of imitations and it is these dodgy imitations that can frequently be found at bead shows or online.

Hopefully, with the following advice, you too can be sure that you’re buying the genuine article both from L. K. Rosa and from any other jeweller or wholesaler you may come across. Swarovski crystals come at a greater price for good reason, don’t be led into buying something that is of lacklustre quality.

Simply follow our handy hints:

* Wholesale Swarovski Crystals are not usually strung when offered for sale. Though this is different for the Swarovski Pearls.

* Swarovski packaging is a dead giveaway – if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you might have seen this picture of a recent delivery. These packages are the original Swarovski packaging. They each arrived sealed with a tear off strip and with shiny silvery writing that says ‘Swarovski Elements’. But if you’re buying smaller quantities, your supplier might divvy the beads up into little bags or when you’re buying from a designer, say L. K. Rosa for example – then you’re not going to have this piece of mind so read on…

Swarovski crystals delivered to L. K. Rosa

Swarovski Delivery!

*Swarovski crystals are PERFECT. They are uniformly cut by a machine which ensures the precision of their height, width and the angle of their slope. Creating these identical facets every time is particularly complicated  and Swarovski use computers to calculate the reflected light, make 3D mock-ups and eventually feed this information to the magical crystal-making machines. And this is only a small part of the Swarovski technology that makes their crystals  so flashy and amazing.

Any imitations will not be as uniform, they certainly won’t be as shiny and they may even be different sizes. Check out my little diagram for clarity!

Hopefully you get the gist.

Perfect (ish!) vs. Perfectly fake

Clear now? No? Well, the precision that the Swarovski team work so hard to achieve allows each individual crystal to have the facet junctures meeting at precisely the same point. This is a little  bit similar to cutting diamonds.

* When you hold a Swarovski crystal up to the light there will be no bubbles inside it. If you see any bubbles at all then you know it’s a fake straight away.

* Swarovski crystals are made from glass – definitely not plastic.

* A Swarovski bead will always outshine a fake. That’s dedication and technology for you!

* Swarovski crystals with an AB (Aurora Borealis) finish have no swirly patterns, oily residues or scratches unlike the fakes which will look distinctly cheap. The AB finish of Swarovski beads is just gorgeous and is inspired by the Northern Lights. The AB finish is a coating with a rainbow-ey irridescence and was invented in 1955 in partnership with Christian Dior.

* Colour names are our final piece of advice. Swarovski have their own colour names especially chosen by them. Names are not generic like yellow or purple, but are a little more emotive such as Golden Shadow or Amethyst. The colour names and swatches can all be found on their Swarovski colour chart. If you find that a colour description from your supplier is not listed on the official chart, then you should question where the supplier purchased this random colour. Suppliers usually prefer to use the Swarovski name and the correct colour name as it is a major selling point.

Hope these little pointers help you to determine a perfect Swarovski from a perfect fake and lead you into life filled with even more wonderful shimmery sparkle!

Love LKR x

Nothing comes for free… why give it away?

One place I haven’t mentioned the (rather wonderful) L. K. Rosa competition is right here on the LKR blog…

In a nutshell you can go here for instructions.

Not in a nutshell all you need to do is email: valentine@lkrosa.com and ‘Like’ our facebook page.

Q: “What’s in it for you?” I hear you ask.

A: Well, by entering (and hopefully sharing!) the competition, L. K. Rosa hopes to achieve a greater brand exposure.

By entering, you will simply be subscribing yourself to our fortnightly newsletter which includes updates, stories and lovely reasons that you might want to choose L. K. Rosa over other brands.

All of our customers receive this newsletter already – I only tell you this to try and assure you that it’s not just rubbish! Mind you, if you decide it’s rubbish – you can always unsubscribe.

To ensure you choose to stay subscribed – it’s in my best interests to write good stuff!!

Most importantly – and the reason you’re in it – is to WIN IT!

You are giving yourself the chance to win this gorgeous L. K. Rosa necklace made from .925 Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal worth £45.

You can win it for yourself or you can win it for a loved one! The choice is yours.

L. K. Rosa Sterling Silver and Swarovski Necklace

Win her heart this Valentine’s Day!

Be assured, that you will only need to exchange a little bit of your time to email and ‘like’!

Why do I give it away? Well, you’ve come this far… now you know my brand name!

Good luck & I hope you’ll come back again soon.

Love LKR xx

(This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with WordPress. Information is collected by L. K. Rosa. See here for full terms.)

I talk too much

Hi everyone,

You will have to bear with me whilst I get used to this blogging stuff. I recently decided that I talk too much in my posts rendering the blog monotonous and mildly boring. I don’t mind if you think that too.

I will try not to do that again. 

Here are two (interesting!) beautiful L. K. Rosa Valentine ideas for you. I hope you like them!

L. K. Rosa Handmade Rhodonite Bracelet. Perfect for Valentine's Day

Handmade Cupid Bracelet – L. K. Rosa

And the second:

Rose Quartz and Sterling Silver .925 Bracelet Handmade in Middle England by L. K. Rosa

XO Bracelet – Handmade from Rose Quartz and Sterling Silver by L. K. Rosa

Hope this will give you guys something to think about for your lovely ladies in time for February 14th! (We gift wrap too – saves you a major job!)

Lots of Love LKR xx

Garn’ get some Garnet

Garnets have been used for many years as semi-precious gemstones in both jewellery and other adornments such as swords or goblets and the kind of stuff I imagine big ol’ Henry fashioning in the 1500’s for guzzling wine at royal parties.

Garnets are a strong stone  and are found in a stunning variety of colours. Of these, the most commonly known is red. The name garnet comes from the Latin granatum meaning pomegranate; this is said to be because the little red stones look like pomegranate seeds.

Garnets are the stone of purity, truth, love and compassion. The gems are said to award high self- esteem to a wearer and are used to find success in business (I just discovered this too so I’ll be testing the theory and keeping these garnet bracelets on my desk before they all get sold!)

 

Persephone Handmade Garnet Bracelet

L. K. Rosa Garnet Bracelet

As well as offering popularity and long lasting friendships, garnets are said to cure depression, protect travellers and used to heal certain ailments such as fever or arthritis when worn in contact with the skin. The list of further health benefits can be found here. (I will let you decide for yourself how best to wear garnet in contact with the skin for the other listed ailments. I’m thinking specialist jewellery…)

The largest garnet found to date was in Central Australia in 1996. It was found by a University student and measures almost 100 feet across. He was probably studying geography.

Finally, Garnet is the birthstone for January. I found this anonymous poem on Wikipedia – I’m not certain if it was, in fact, made up by a Tiffany &  Co. representative 143 years ago, but it was published in 1870 and is stated to be a Gregorian Birthstone poem:

“By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.”

I will publish the rest of the poem month by month as I blog, but if that irritates you, you can find it here in its entirety.

References:

Crystal Cure

Gemstones

Earth Sky