I love Swarovski crystals. It’s true, I use them all the time. They’re always perfect, the color is always the same – I always know what I’m getting and can count on the quality. But how is this possible?
According to the Swarovski website the original home of the Swarovski crystal is the production plant Swarovski founded in 1895 in Wattens, Austria. It is here that each crystal is created with “the most stringent quality controls” using an exact recipe of specific proportions of quartzes, sand, and minerals.
The process is quite similar for glass and crystals. The difference being that lead oxide is added to crystals to give it the “sparkle”. Only glass products containing at least 24% of lead oxide may be referred to as “lead crystal” but 35% is considered the perfect amount where a crystal has its greatest sparkly quality. Obviously Swarovski is very secretive about the process, but from what I gather, the glass is made adding lead along the way, then pressed, tumbled and faceted, giving it edges for greater reflective quality.
Three things you didn’t know about Swarovski:
- Daniel Swarovski was born in 1862 in the Czech Republic, famous for its Czech glass (coincidence?)
- Ever the perfectionist, he actually created a machine to cut the crystals more precisely (1892)
- Swarovski glass technology is used in optics like binoculars and night vision goggles as well as road safety products