Monday, January 23, 2012

Materials | Crystals

~ blue & creamy white crystals ~
I love to use Swarovski {Sworr-off-skee} crystals in my designs, the amount of sparkle that even the tiniest crystal has is astonishing & they're available in so many different colors, shapes, sizes and finishes. So let's take a look at these lovely beads:
~ black n white & pink crystals ~
Your basic Crystal: one color, facets and a whole lot of sparkle!

You also can get different coatings on your crystals; the coating affects how light is reflected and can change the color slightly. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow appearance.
~ Simple clear crystal drops with an AB coating ~
Swarovski also makes crystal pearls. They have combined a crystal core with their pearl coating to give a flawless surface and lovely curves.
~ peach pearls with earthy toned crystals ~
Why use them instead of natural pearls? {Most of the time I actually don't, I like the quirks & unique variety of freshwater pearls too much} Crystal pearls are uniform since they're man-made, have a large variety of sizes, colors and about 3-4 different shapes to choose from. They also are scratch resistant, perfume and make-up resistant {so it doesn't matter whether you remember to put your jewelry on after your make-up} and usually cost less than would actual pearls of a similar quality.
~ Simple earrings with deep purple pearls ~

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