Swarovski Pearls

Written by Sarah Provost
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Swarovski crystal pearls are really in a class by themselves. Their exclusive method of manufacture produces a pearl bead nearly indistinguishable from an organic pearl. Every aspect--shape, depth of luster, weight, even response to skin temperature--is comparable.

A string of pearls has a sensual quality to it that is unmatched by most synthetics. Man-made pearls are usually too light, and don't warm to the skin the way real pearls do. Swarovski pearls, however, begin with a base of pure crystal. The high specific gravity of the crystal gives the finished bead satisfying heft. The crystal core also provides a depth of luster unmatched by other manufactured pearls.

Many layers of pearl coating are applied to the crystal core, resulting in a finish with a perfect luster that is entirely free of flaws. Most manufactured pearls are either too shiny or too matte, and can have fibers, bumps, and other flaws on the surface. Swarovski pearls come in a wide variety of colors, and in several shapes. Colors and shapes are updated twice a year, so there is always a new inspiration for jewelry makers.

Caring for Swarovski Pearls

Both organic pearls and most man-made pearls are subject to damage from UV rays, perspiration, perfumes and other cosmetics. They can also be easily scratched, and it is not recommended that you wash them. Swarovski pearls, on the other hand, are resistant to all those chemical reactants as well as to scratches. They can also be gently washed in warm, soapy water.

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