Swarovski Crystals have an extensive and rich history dating back to 1892 when Daniel Swarovski created a glass cutting machine that enabled crystals to be cut the same every time, changing the jewelry business forever. For more on the origins of Swarovski Crystals click here.

To stay on top of the competition and within current trends, the company began using coatings or effects, which help them trump other bead companies every time. There are two main types of effects Swarovski uses: Classic and Exclusive.

The Classic coating involves all the main jewelry colors, while also including shades from across the entire color spectrum. An Exclusive coating is an effect created with international trend agencies, such as high-end fashion designers. One example of an Exclusive coated bead would be Crystal Scarabaeus Green (001 SCGR) designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.  It is easy to tell which beads have an effect according to the Swarovski Color Chart Guide because they all have a 001 code. Any color on the chart that is has Swarovski Exclusive Effect will be underlined.

scarabeaus green crystal anklet

There are five Crystal Effects that Swarovski uses, they are Transparent, Metallic, Full Coating, Crystal Patina, and LacquerPRO. From there the bead can vary due to additional coatings or effects which are represented by 2x, B, V, Z, or FC. A bead with a 2x in the code means that both sides of the bead have been treated with the effect, whether is be Metallic or Crystal Patina. B code signifies that all three sides of the cube have been treated, where V shows that the effect is used on the reverse side of a crystal. Z simply means that a part of the crystal was coated and not the entire bead. FC indicates that it is Fully Coated with an all over, consistent application of intense effects. 

purple Swarovski lampwork earrings

Swarovski Crystals have reigned in the jewelry business since the early 20th century. The company employs a lot of time and effort into their product to ensure it lives up to the name it has created. SWCreations loves using Swarovski Crystals because of its outstanding reputation. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your bridal party or need something to wear for that special occasion please contact us.

March 23, 2019 — SWCreations Jewelry

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