How can crystals be cleaned while hanging?
What makes your crystals different?
How should crystal be deep cleaned?
How should crystal be handled?
Avoid tapping or knocking the crystals with metal or another glass. This kind of treatment creates small abrasions on the glass which are invisible to the naked eye, but which weaken the surface, making it more susceptible to cracking and chipping.
How should crystal be stored?
How does lead content improve glass quality?
Can the lead in lead crystal harm you?
What is the difference between glass and lead crystal?
Are your crystals as good as Swarovski?
1. "Swarovski" - which is Jewelry and Crystal figurines only.
Fully leaded (+30% minimum), machine cut and polished on all surfaces. Considered the ultimate in cut, clarity and quality. Used extensively for jewellery, clothing embellishment, and home décor figurines by designers worldwide. In general, colours and quality are very consistent so if budget is not an issue, these will give you the best sparkle money can buy. From time to time a Swarovski Jewelry crystal (ie hearts, snowflakes, crosses, stars) will be offered as a chandelier crystal but please note; there are no actual "Swarovski" chandelier crystal parts available.
2. "Strass" - which is a line of Chandelier Crystals commonly found in the market today and is a FULL LEAD crystal with a small logo etched in each crystal often found near the top hole. This is the highest quality lead crystal available in the world. Many companies will sell this type of crystal chandelier part and label it as "Swarovski" when in truth it is "Strass" crystals. You will find many crystal chandeliers sold have the Strass label.
3. "Spectra" - which is the only line of LEAD FREE chandelier crystals marketed under the Swarovski umbrella. Spectra Crystals are only sold to 4 major chandelier manufacturers in the world (according to the US Swarovski Sales Rep). This line of Lead free crystals are not readily available to the public as loose chandelier pieces although random pieces may surface from time to time. Spectra Prisms have the same high quality cut and surface polishing as all Swarovski products, but are lighter in weight because they have a much lower lead content - not enough to qualify being called Lead Crystal as Strass, these would be known as Lead Free Spectra Crystals.
There is no comparing Swarovski and any other brand of crystals. As technology advances, new crystal qualities are becoming available at lower prices. With Cristalier Glass Crystals your project will still be beautiful, it will only cost you a lot less. If you have an open budget than Swarovski crystals are a definate option, but if you want brilliance while keeping cost in mind, Cristalier crystals are the clear choice!
Where do you get your crystals?
What does full-lead crystal mean?
Why are there so few crystal cutters in the US today?
How are the colored pieces made?
Are all your designs originals?
What are your most popular patterns?
Why is your crystal so inexpensive?
What is acid polishing?
Do you sell your crystal items at a discount?
How fragile is your crystal?
Do you have a designer available that can help me decide how to use crystals for more than chandeliers?
What are Acrylic Crystal Beads?
Another great advantage of acrylic is that it is only half as heavy as glass. This makes working with acrylic much easier. It can also be sawed, whereas glass must be scored.
Adding to this favorable array of properties, a transparency rate of 93% makes acrylic the clearest material known. Very thick glass will have a green tint, while acrylic remains clear.
There are some misconceptions about acrylic, namely that it yellows, turns brittle and cracks over time. Though this might be true of very cheap forms of plastic, it is not so with acrylic. For example, the fighter planes of WWII have acrylic bubble-tops. Airplane windows are also acrylic. If taken care of, acrylic remains new looking regardless of age or exposure to sun. Some people worry that acrylic scratches too easily, but unlike glass, scratches can be easily buffed out of acrylic.
What are Leaded Glass Crystals?
The difference between glass and crystal is the lead content. Glass contains little or no lead. In America, however, glass can be considered crystal on two conditions—it must be perfectly clear and may contain as little as trace amounts of lead. Also, glass usually has softer edges than crystal.
The term “full lead crystal” indicates a 24-percent lead content. And very fine quality crystal will contain anywhere from 36 to 70 percent. Higher lead content increases clarity, brilliance and weight. Lead crystal is soft and more susceptible to scratching.
Jade crystal is known for its green tint, which occurs from iron ore in the silica sand used to produce the glass. The color deepens to an emerald shade as the glass thickens. This product is very popular and economical for affordable recognition awards.
OPTICALLY CLEAR CRYSTAL
This is considered one of the finest types of crystal available and is as flawless and clear as prescription eyeglasses. The process of grinding and polishing crystal creates a piece that contains no distortion and is completely unblemished. Also, optically clear crystal creates rainbow prisms when placed in direct sunlight.