|Swarovski Round Facet Bead, Emerald|
Swarovski is a brand of crystal glass that is renowned for its ability to reflect light into a rainbow of colour. Swarovski is easily recognised by the Swan logo and is used for sculptures, miniatures, chandeliers and many types of jewellery. Specifically, a brand under The Swarovski Group, Swarovski Elements produce the coveted Swarovski beads designers use in their jewellery making.
Where did it all begin?
Daniel Swarovski (1862 – 1956), son of a glass cutter, served his apprenticeship in his father’s glass factory in Bohemia (now Czech Republic). He quickly acquired the skills needed and in 1892 Daniel patented an electric cutting machine which advanced the process of crystal cutting to a higher and more efficient level.
|Swarovski Crystal Heart|
In 1895, with the help of two financiers, a company was formed, A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co with a factory set up at Wattens, Austria, due to its accessibility to hydro power, a source of energy they needed for the intensive grinding processes.
|Swarovski Peardrop Pendant|
Worldwide, The Swarovski Group now employ almost 31,500 people, 26, 140 of whom work with the crystal. Production has expanded to eight different countries and Swarovski is the company leader in cut crystal, genuine gemstones and created stones.
International Craft enable you to use the finest Swarovski crystal beads, along with perfect findings, to create your very own distinctive and beautiful Swarovski bracelet, necklace, earrings or cuff links. CLICK HERE to see our premium range of the Swarovski brand.