What is the difference between a half coating and a full
This term applies to many coatings, but most the
popular one is the AB coating. A half coating is referred to as
'AB'. This is where half of the object is coated, leaving the other
half to show purely the original colour of the crystal bead
underneath. A full coating is referred to as 'AB2x'. This is
where the coating is applied all over the object, thus giving an all over
AB effect with the base crystal colour coming through in a more muted
What is full lead crystal?
Full lead crystal is
the finest man-made crystal because it's high lead oxide content serves to
enhance its colour spectrum. The production of full lead crystal
begins by combining proportionate amounts of quartz sand, soad, potash and
lead oxide, which are subjected to extremely high heat until molten.
Crystal is not considered 'full lead crystal' until the lead oxide content
goes above 30%.
So if it contains "lead" is it dangerous?
the lead cannot 'come out' of the crystal.
Tell me about that laser
etched logo of the swan or 'Strass signature' that people talk
Swarovski have many brands
within the brand 'Swarovski', namely, Strass, Spectra, Elements,
Atelier, Swareflex, Crystallized and many more. Only articles from
the Swarovski Strass range carry this permanent Strass signature, which is
a laser etching inside the crystal...but there are exceptions.
Anything that is
Strass, but clear crystal and sized less than 12mm, and anything that is
Strass but is coloured crystal and sized less than 18mm do not
have the logo at all. Anything in the Strass range that is the colour
Bordeaux, Jet or Emerald also do not have the logo at all. The Strass
signature is represented in line drawings of Strass elements by a red
So, there are thousands of
crystal products and applications that Swarovski manufacture that
will never have anything to do with the relatively small Strass
brand and it's logo, yet are entirely Swarovski.
What does the Swarovski
Strass signature look like?
A little emblem that
looks a little like a ladder or a ziggurat (a representation of the
different line breaks between the spectrum of colours, in a rhomboid shape
frame. It's tiny - like about 1mm in total, and sits inside the actual
crystal. Fascinating to see in real life. In the past, since Swarovski
began laser engraving in the 60's, the swan logo has also
Why all the names 'Crystallized Swarovski
Elements', 'Spectra', 'Strass', 'Viva12' and
'Xilion'! I'm confused!?
These are all
registered brand names for different lead crystal product ranges produced
by the companies we deal with.
How do I know your
products are genuine?
These days most Preciosa and Swarovski
products come from their factories in sealed packets so if you buy a
factory packing quantity, chances are it will come to you as an original
sealed unit. If you're purchasing less than a factory unit then obviously
we have to break the seal to open the packet and once this is done there is
no way we can 'prove' to you that our products are genuine. However we are
highly regarded suppliers who have an extremely high reputation to uphold
and it would be rather silly of us to try and pass off other products as
genuine Swarovski or genuine Preciosa if they weren't.
I could include some wrappers, we throw out
dozens every week, but please be aware that opened packaging alone does not
provide proof of authenticity, nor will it provide proof to your
clients. It's simply packaging. Also, the silver
holographic logo which was used to seal the old silver Swarovski packaging,
was phased out in their most recent Cream packaging release. The
swan logo still exists but in a tiny 3mm size picture, no silver type logo
or 'sticker' look like it used to have. You could contact
Swarovski yourself and check that this is fact.
Providing a form of certification for loose
components is not possible; even Swarovski and Preciosa themselves do not
provide this to any stockists worldwide. I guess it
would be impratical for them to provide this for every single component
produced when you think about all the secondary stockists such as all
the bead shops that we sell to. And then what about the bead shops
that sell to onsellers who sell to onsellers?
More recently, Swarovski started producting Xilion
facetted beads and have patented the design to stop other manufacturers
copying the cut and passing it off as Swarovski.
best way you can guarantee you are buying a genuine product is to buy
through a reputable seller.
sure what colour I need. Do you send out samples?
photos of products on our site give a good indication however browser
colours are not always accurate. If perfect colour matching is important we
have both rhinestone cards and bead
sample boards available. Many clients refer to these as they create
their projects, or plan for new ones. Most items available form us at
Rhinestonz & Beads are available for purchase in individual units, so
there is often no need to outlay too much in order to see a small range of
colours to then choose from for your project. We are also very experienced
in discussing colours and fabrics, and other gemstone colours, over the
phone, so if in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact one of our team to talk about
I'm just starting out making jewellery. What are the most
important items I could have in my tool kit and findings?
Here's our list of 12 SUPER-USEFULS for the kind of jewellery making
that involves basic stringing techniques for necklace and bracelet designs,
and simple earring structures...
1. Pliers x 4 (Long thin flat-nosed,
Long thin rounded nose, Crimping, & Cutting pliers)
2. '49 Strand'
stringing wire in .018" gauge
3. Crimps or crimp tubes
Covers (to keep your work tidy and hide the crimp)
5. Lobster clasps
(to connect the bracelet or necklace ends)
6. Closed rings (small
rings that are useful in many ways)
7. Open rings (small rings that
are openable, and useful in so many ways)
8. Bead bumpers (tiny rubber
bumpers that can space your beads along the stringing wire, thus protecting
9. Bails for pendants (so you can hang top-drilled
pendants in the right direction, off chain or stringing wire, or earring
10. Headpins (for stacking beads on to make your own
pendants and droppers - great for easy earrings)
11. Eyepins (again,
as for headpins, but with the added bonus of a ring at the bottom, so you
can link other headpins or eyepins to it).
have a shop, can I pick up?
We are an internet / web based
business and have no showroom where you can view products or uplift
have a printed price list?
We've tried to in the past but
constant new additions and price changes make it impractical. We hope to
have a downloadable price list in PDF format available through this site in
the future. Good things take time.
get through to the checkout - what am I doing wrong?
Absolutely nothing - Perhaps you're on a network that doesn't
allow access for security reasons, or if you're on a PC then it's probably
just the version of IE you're running.
Our website has been designed using the
very latest technology and unfortunately this does not support some older
versions of IE, specially if you haven't installed all the subsequent IE
patches provided by Microsoft. A way around this is to install Firefox as
your preferred browser.
Definitions of Matte, Translucent, Opaque, Transparent &
Matte: not glossy or shiny, dull surface qualities (like Light Siam
Translucent: semi-transparent, so can see through it a little (like
Opaque: can't see through it at all (like Jet)
Transparent: can see through it easily (like clear crystal beads)
Metallic: coated with a metal coating, and gives the appearance of
being a piece of metal, like gold (Aurum) or Silver (like Labrador or
Comet Argent Light)
What is sterling silver, base metal, silver plating and surgical
Pure silver is too soft so to make sterling silver it is alloyed with
copper, usually, in proportions of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper for
strength. Hence the industry standard of stamping sterling silver as
".925" where possible.
Silver plating refers to a metal being applied to a conductive surface,
in most case, silver applied to base metal.
Base metal is a catch-all term in the jewelry industry for metals used
in costume jewelry. In metal working, base metal is any metal that is not
one the noble or precious metals. The term precious metals usually means
platinum, gold or silver. Examples of base metals include iron, steel (an
alloy of iron and other metals), copper, brass (an alloy of copper and
other metals), nickel, lead and tin.
Surgical stainless steel is a type of stainless steel, which is usually
used in medical applications, hence the term 'surgical'. It is easily
cleaned and sterilised, scratch-resistant and corrosion resistant.
BIRTHSTONE COLOURS AND SUGGESTED
||SUGGESTED SWAROVSKI COLOUR
||SUGGESTED PRECIOSA COLOUR
||Siam or Garnet
||White Opal / Pearl