Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cut Crystal Steps Into Its Own

Most people can't afford to have several different real diamond and gemstone necklaces, rings, watches and earrings to choose from, but that doesn't mean you can't still wear jewelry that looks just like you do. Cut crystal has taken off as one of the most elegant additions to jewelry, plus it is much less expensive than the same piece with equal sizes of diamonds or other gems. Crystal is not just clear like you may expect, there are just as many colors of crystal as are found in the real gemstones, plus the cut and polishing of the crystal makes them sparkle and shine and have that deep inner fire to the bead or piece that draws the eye and makes a beautiful presentation.

One of the leading manufacturers of crystal jewelry is the Swarovski Corporation, which has been making fine leaded crystal jewelry, beads and figurines since 1895. As the pioneer in the field, Daniel Swarovski designed and developed the first machine that could precision cut crystal into small shapes, ensuring that beads and crystal jewels would be both uniform as well as symmetrical. In addition he developed type of crystal that uses 32% lead to maximizes the refraction and reflection of light, giving that beautiful glitter and shine to the individual beads and crystals. Cuts that are very similar to facets on a diamond further enhance the shine and shimmer, leading to really breathtaking and eye catching jewelry pieces.

High end Swarovski crystal jewelry is not inexpensive however, but it is a good investment and much less costly than other types of gems and diamonds. The metal base of the jewelry design can be gold or silver, or often in bracelets and necklaces clear plastic string is used so that only the crystals are visible against the skin. Beaded Swarovski jewelry is popular all over the world as are the many lines of pendants, rings and even brooches sold internationally.

Swarovski crystal jewelry also has a fun side that includes such whimsical pendants and pieces as an Elvis crystal pendant with movable arms and legs. Brooches include ultra modern styles such as silver and crystal lighting bolts through to traditional butterflies and floral shapes. The rings in the crystal line also run to the very lighthearted designs that incorporate colorful bugs and even snake patterns as the claws that hold the larger crystal center piece of the ring in place. Watches have also been included in the jewelry lines to feature cut crystal as accent pieces. These watches range from everyday casual with just a hint of sparkle to evening watches that dazzle with many different colors, shapes and sizes of crystal pieces on the band.

As with any type of jewelry if you are considering cut crystal always look for the best quality available rather than strictly shopping by price. Spending a few extra dollars will be the difference between having an item that looks great for years to come or one that starts to fall apart after just a few uses. Look for solid construction and craftsmanship and stick to well known brands to ensure the best possible quality.

Amy Carrington is a fashion maven and an editor at Sorella creates personalized jewelry with the names, words, dates and Chinese symbols that matter to you.

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