Sunday, November 15, 2009

There Is Nothing Like Swarovski!

I really should get some sort of discount from Swarovski. I rave about them all the time. Wouldn't you think they would send me a few free crystals at least? I really, really, really do love their little gems. Noting, but nothing sparkles like a Swarovski crystal. Oh,there are plenty of imitators out there. Some try to fool you into thinking they are the real thing. I was at a big name chain craft store just recently and had some crystals in my hand that I thought I might try. Hanging on the rack they sparkled so nicely I thought maybe, just maybe I could talk myself into substituting them for the more expensive Swarovski. I was looking them over carefully when I realized it was the way they were packaged that made them look so good. There was a very cleverly positioned silver lazer type strip on the package right behind the "crystals". Take the beads away from that strip and they looked like any other imitation glass bead. No, there is still no credible competition for that Swarovski sparkle in my book.

Worried about the lead in lead crystal beads? I say poppy-cock! Unless you plan to sit and suck on your jewelry there is no danger. The lead is in the glass. It is chemically part of it. I don't see it leaching out into your skin in any huge amounts. The manufactures of lead crystal glasses say not to serve acidic drinks in them and they recommend not storing liquids in lead crystal. A few beads in your jewelry isn't going to harm you. I wouldn't recommend lead crystal for young children, because they do sometimes put things in their mouths that don't belong there. I did get a bit of an uneasy feeling when I saw nursing necklaces made of lead crystal. I've never done that! If you are still leery, just don't wear the crystal next to your skin. Earrings are a great way to show off your sparkle since the crystal part doesn't touch your skin, and unless you have very strange anatomy, there's no way to suck on your earrings!

Shown above are a couple of my newest Swarovski creations. I love making them and sharing them with you. Have a closer look here:

Red Swarovski Earrings


Laura S said...

Hello and greetings from Finland! The world is so small threw internet! Nice to read your blog, and what fantastic jewellery you make! Genuin things are genuin things, that´s how it is! Welcome to read my blog also, I try to make a résumé in english after every finnish text. Have a nice winter! Hugs Laura

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh you definitely can see the sparkle in swarovski! no wonder he costs so much. but like anything else, in the end, it's worth it. and these are gorgeous!


Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Add me to the list of Swarovski lovers !!!
You make beautiful jewelry with them.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Sandy, I am delighted you found my blog and do hope you will visit often. I cracked up reading your recent post about the lead crystal. Your comments such as "unless you plan to suck on them" were funny. Great sense of humor. And what are nursing necklaces? I must really be behind the times. Let me know if it is something my pregnant daughter in law really must have. Your jewelry is just beautiful!

Laura said...

Hi Sandy!
Thanks for stopping glad you did as now I am here visiting you! My dad loves all Swarovski crystals...he has a collection of figures! Your jewelry is beautiful! Westfield NY...have to look that up...can't be far from me!
Take care, Laura

Melody said...

Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, it's nice to meet you. Your jewelry is gorgeous!
I'm with you, there is only Sworovski Crystals. Oh, and Jolee's Austrian Crystals. Both have such a can see the difference. I use them on my pillows, Angels, totes, everything.
Look to my blog list when you visit..You are now on it! I hope you will be a follower too.

Shab-n-Chic said...

Beautiful earrings..sometimes I think it's a good thing I don't have pierced ears..I would go broke buying earrings! Well, maybe not broke, but I would want so many. :)
Thanks for your comment on my blog today. :)


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Sandy...

I'm so glad you gave me an opportunity to find your blog...your jewelry is just delish...and I laughed out loud about sucking on your funny...I'll be back to visit again....

Warm blessings,