About Austrian Swarovski Crystal
Of the entire world’s crystal, Swarovski has the most sparkle and is ideal for your wedding day jewelry.
Virtually all Looney Maiden jewelry is created with genuine Daniel Swarovski crystal. Swarovski makes the world’s finest lead glass crystal and is a leader in jewelry component manufacturing as well as industrial glass and precision optics.
The Swarovski Company founded in 1895 is renowned worldwide for their precision cutting of their crystal which results in beautiful clarity and brilliance in their crystals. Swarovski uses only high lead content crystal glass. Typically, a full thirty-two percent of the glass is lead and lead oxide. The presence of lead increases the glass’s refractive index, bringing it closer to the same sparkle that a diamond has. By cutting the glass in just the right way, internal reflection from inside the shiny surfaces of the glass cause the light to reflect internally creating a beautiful sparkle adding to the beauty of your jewelry.
To this day, Swarovski continues to demand the highest possible quality of their products to distinguish themselves from the rest of the market. They are incredibly secretive about their processes. Even their workers in the factories do not see what other workers are doing so that they cannot share any secrets with others.
Swarovski Crystal Colors
Classic Crystal Colors and Aurora Borealis Crystals
The traditional classic crystals are lush in color and sparkle without any added coatings. Most you can see clearly through and they offer the richest of color tones. The Aurora Borealis crystal colors or known as AB coating are the same in color but one side of the crystal bead has the AB coating which produces a rainbow sparkle effect.
Special Effect Crystals
Swarovski offers many type of special effect coatings for a unique line. Many of these crystals have thin layers of coatings applied that produce a metal or silvery satin shimmer to the crystal.
The Aurora Borealis Effect
Swarovski crystal that has an Aurora Borealis coating has a shimmering prism effect caused by the reflections of light from surrounding colors in the environment. Think of the extra sparkle your jewelry would have if it was coated in millions of microscopic mirrors. This is the jewelry effect you get with Austrian Swarovski crystals coated in Aurora Borealis.
During the 1950’s the Daniel Swarovski company made important advances in the development of its crystal production. It experimented with manufacturing processes in which the stones were coated with wafer thin metal particles in order to increase their sparkle. This process required the material to be steamed in a vacuum. In 1956 Manfred Swarovski, the grandson of the company’s founder, created the “Aurora Borealis” which shimmers in every color of the rainbow.