History of use

How are Swarovski rhinestones different from regular ones?

The essence of the technology lies in a special method of cutting glass using current. Natural rock crystal and artificial crystals imitate the splendor of precious stones. More than the sparkle of diamonds, many people love the optical effect of Swarovski! The master invented not fake diamonds, but fabulously beautiful crystals. They were supposed to turn any woman into a queen.

Why did fakes appear?

Many women dream of owning jewelry with crystals from an Austrian master. And, as you know, demand creates supply. The rise of the fashion for “glitter” aesthetics at the beginning of the 20th century led the brand to great popularity among artisanal manufacturers. As is usually the case with large brands, Swarovski spread throughout the world not only thanks to its original products. Tons of fake Swarovski rhinestones have flooded into the market. None of the imitators managed to achieve such a quality cut. Swarovski rhinestones have become a kind of synonym for “luxury”, turning into a household name. In addition to the fact that there have always been a lot of fakes on the market, now the question of how to distinguish a Swarovski from a fake is especially relevant due to the cessation of production.

How to check Swarovski crystals for authenticity?

The ability to distinguish real Swarovski crystals from fakes will help you in authenticating items from expensive brands that use them in decoration. The ability to verify the authenticity of Swarovski crystals is also necessary when purchasing crystals in packs. Jewelers, seamstresses, and needlewomen often encounter deception.

Basic verification methods:

  1. Crystal blanks undergo the same careful cutting as precious stones; The crystal faces are correct (16 faces with alternating thicknesses), the edges are as sharp as possible, there are no line mismatches.
  2. The color component of the stones is the same throughout the entire pack, without inclusions of other shades.
  3. There are no chips, unevenness, clouding, or air bubbles. Each crystal undergoes careful selection before use.
  4. The iridescent coating is uniform without thickening or gaps.
  5. Packaging with several degrees of protection (barcode, hologram, individual identification number, holographic relief sticker with the company brand on the back).
  6. The manufacturer of the original products indicated on the packaging is Austria.

Not all rhinestones are fake

Not all crystals currently available to consumers are fakes from Swarovski.

Let’s remember the country of origin of Daniel Swarovski – the Czech Republic. This country was famous for its glassmakers back in the 16th century.

In 1548, the first glass factories opened in the town of Jablonec, and glass craft began to be passed on from generation to generation.

Everyone has heard the expression “Crystal Valley,” but not everyone knows that this is the place where Bohemian crystal, “clean as a tear,” first sparkled.

Perfectly clear glass changed glassmaking around the world, and the Czech kingdom became a great crystal producing power.

In 1948, more than 25 large and small enterprises and factories from the surrounding cities of Jablonec, Liberec and Turnov merged into the Preciosa company.

In 2013, lead was virtually eliminated from Preciosa crystal. Therefore, the company’s rhinestones have become environmentally friendly.

A series of Pure crystals made of lead-free crystal in a unique MAXIMA cut – amazingly transparent. This is the most naturalistic imitation of precious stones.

The shine is achieved thanks to a unique cut:

  • size ss 3 and ss 4 – 8 edges
  • size from ss 5 to ss 20 – 15 edges
  • size from ss 30 – 18 facets

They are capable of reflecting 264 unique rays of light. The first among competitive products on the market. This is a completely new line of rhinestones that has no analogues. Each crystal, regardless of size, produces a dazzling effect.

Every person who has bought rhinestones at least once in his life has been faced with questions: which stones are better, how branded ones differ from budget ones, which rhinestones scratch less, which shine better, etc.

In our experiment we will test rhinestones from different manufacturers; We will check the strength of the AB coating for abrasion under conditions of severe use; We will draw conclusions and give recommendations on choosing rhinestones for your costume.

Why are we testing AB-coated rhinestones? Crystal AB is the most popular color used in the decoration of stage costumes. AB is a special type of coating that is applied to the stone from above. As a result, rhinestones acquire extraordinary reflective properties, but also scratch more easily than single-color options. Read more about the AB effect in our article Rhinestones with the AB effect

Of course, each of us is concerned about the issue of wear resistance and durability of rhinestones. You need to understand that the further process of using the costume determines how long the rhinestones will delight you with their quality and brilliance. Let’s pay attention to two important points:
At first, what type of activity do you engage in: either it’s belly dancing, where the dancer moves smoothly around the stage, or it’s half-dance or rhythmic gymnastics, where the rhinestones on the costumes are subject to friction against the carpet, pylon and accessories;
Secondly, How do you store and wash your suit?

The essence of the experiment: we decided to sew rhinestones onto a training suit, in which the athlete had to do 10 workouts on the pole at his own rhythm (450 minutes of pole time excluding warm-up).

In our work we use Crystal AB rhinestones of the most popular shapes and sizes: drops 11*18mm, rivoli 10mm and 12mm. From Chinese rhinestones we test acrylic, budget glass and luxury glass. Branded ones include Preciosa and Swarovski rhinestones.

List of items used in testing:

Considering the specifics of half-dance, in most elements the hip area often comes into contact with the pole, therefore this is perhaps the most “stressful” area. Therefore, we sew rhinestones with regular threads onto training shorts, which are made of elastic lycra.

After the first training, scratches appeared on the budget glass and acrylic. Nothing bad happened with Swaroski, Preciosa, or Chinese Lux rhinestones

After five training sessions, the first scratches began to appear on the Preciosa and Chinese Lux stones, and the Rivoli cones on some stones broke off due to the high load.

After ten training sessions, the Swarovski crystals remained in excellent condition. Acrylic stones and budget glass have many scratches and places where the AB coating has come off. Scratches and chips also appeared on the Preciosa and Chinese Lux rhinestones; in our opinion, the general condition of these rhinestones is the same.

Results of the experiment:

1st place – Swarovski rhinestones: no damage is visible on them.

2nd and 3rd place – Preciosa rhinestones and Chinese Lux: there are scratches, chips and abrasions, but overall the general condition of the coating is good.

4th place – budget glass rhinestones (China): there are scratches and abrasions. Due to the fact that glass is a harder material than acrylic, AB spraying on it holds better than on acrylic.

5th place – acrylic rhinestones: they have numerous abrasions and scratches.

In our experiment, the stones were subjected to very high loads, so most likely, under normal conditions, the rhinestones will wear out less. In addition, all damage is visible upon close inspection. At a distance of about 1 meter it is almost impossible to notice them.

Recommendations for choosing rhinestones for suits:

1. The most resistant to friction are Swarovski rhinestones. If you are creating a costume for regular performances, и in this case, the direction involves constant mechanical impact on the stone – this is your choice. In other cases, you can buy rhinestones from the budget line, which shine perfectly, and at the same time we understand that the suit will not be subjected to high loads. Perhaps you will perform in it several times and then make another costume. Then there is no point in “investing” in expensive branded rhinestones. Budget rhinestones are 4-5 times cheaper than Swarovski. Therefore, either you sew one suit with Swarovski, or two or three suits with budget options.

At the same time, we are not limited by choice – only expensive Swarovskis or only budget Chinese rhinestones. There are always intermediate options, both more affordable brands (such as Preciosa, Stellux) and luxury Chinese rhinestones, which tend to match the brands in durability.

2. Always keep in mind the option of combining: for example, in areas with increased load we use more expensive rhinestones, and in other places you can choose cheaper rhinestones. In this case, you will receive a suit that will be resistant to stress, and at the same time will significantly save your budget.

Now you have an idea of ​​how different rhinestones behave under harsh use. What we hope has been clearly demonstrated to you

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