The sparkle and shine of fine quality crystal is so versatile! They can be lavish in number or color, or subtle and uncomplicated. Either way crystals are just fun! Whether used as the primary bead in a design or as an accent, the color, sparkle and light are very popular. Faceted glass beads are often called crystal. To be labeled "Crystal" the glass they are composed of must have no less than 40% lead content. Swarovski crystal, made in Austria, is one of the most highly regarded in the world for both quality and color. The majority of the crystal I use is Swarovski and I'm occasionally able to find some vintage pieces to work with. Bridal jewelry often requires color matching with fabrics. Due to the wide variety of hues available crystal is great for this purpose.

Amethyst Blend - Spangle EarringsView details and larger image Amethyst Blend - Spangle Earrings
A perfect little sparkler of an earring, just right for those with a February birthday! The deep purple tones in this Austrian crystal, glitter and shine from the end of spangled Sterling chain. Finished with Sterling silver French hooks, these are just a little less than 1.5 long. ~ $32

Denim Droplet EarringsView details and larger image Denim Droplet Earrings
The teardrop shaped Austrian crystal used here enhances the elegant feel of these petite earrings. With radiant facets in calm denim blue, these are a versatile color for any occasion. From the top of the Sterling silver French hooks to the bottom of the teardrop shaped focal, the length is just under 1.5. ~ $32


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