Austrian Swarovski Proof of Origin
Since 1989, all genuine Swarovski products feature the Swarovski Swan logo. Pieces produced prior to this date have a different logo and in some cases, it may only be faintly visible or almost impossible to detect.
You will find the following logos on almost all Swarovski crystal and jewelry products:
Square Silver Crystal SC logo (1976 - 1988)
sCs/SCS logo (Swarovski Crystal Society 1987 - present)
Swan logo (1989 - present)
- Swarovski crystals are generally not strung when offered for sale (with the exception of Swarovski pearls).
- Look for the original Swarovski packaging. Dependent on size, the bulk packages will range from 10 gross to 1/2 gross, in well-branded, sealed envelopes. The newest Swarovski bulk packaging is sealed with an authenticated silver toned hologram saying "SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS."
- Swarovski crystals are perfectly uniform. Since they are machine cut, each crystal is the same. This means that the height, width and slope are consistent. A hand polished imitator bead will not have as uniform a cut. You may also notice different dimensions from bead to bead.
- Swarovski uses machinery that precisely cuts each crystal. According to Swarovski, "cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must first be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery." This is just part of the technology that gives Swarovski crystals their unbelievable flash.
- The precision cutting of Swarovski machinery allows each crystal to have its facet juncture "pointing up." This means the facet junctures all meet at precisely the same point. This is a similar aspect of diamond faceting. See the illustration above.
- AB finish Swarovski crystals have a uniform surface luster. There are no swirling marks from the vacuum process that produces the AB finish, and generally there are no scratches. The "imitations" often have scratches, swirl marks ("oily" looking surface). Some of these imperfections, in the "imposters," have to do with the lower quality of the finish. See the illustration above.
- When you look inside the crystal, you will see no bubbles. If you see any bubbles, you know immediately that it is a fake.
- Because of its special glass compounds, Swarovski crystal will out-sparkle a bead of lesser quality when placed in a side-by-side comparison.
Your best bet is to buy from reputable suppliers known to be Swarovski distributors. Just because they display the logo does not mean they are true distributors. We have seen many vendors incorrectly (and illegally) displaying the swan logo of Swarovski when selling beads at shows.
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Certificate of Authenticity
To emphasize the premium nature of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS brand, selected designers and brands are permitted to use the distinctive, trapezoid-shaped “MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS” label. It serves as a certificate of authenticity, denoting products that are made with genuine SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Swarovski also offers branding partners additional first-class services, including trend consultancy and technical expertise.
Gorgeous, refined and functional, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are the preferred choice for major designers around the world. In their hands, crystal comes alive to give works of startling beauty and originality.
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