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Swarovski crystals are not natural crystals found in caves, but are man-made gems manufactured in Austria. In the late 1800’s, Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956) discovered a formula for making beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals. Since then, the Swarovski family has continued the tradition of making the most recognized crystals in the world out of their factory in Wattens, a market community in Austria. They perfected the art of cutting the crystal and developed a polishing technique that gives their crystals a transparent and bright reflective quality to the finished product.
Originally, crystal was produced for chandeliers and later stemware. Artisan realized that the beauty and elegance of crystal could be crafted into jewelry such as pendants and earrings. This was the forefront to the industry today where crystal is used to create exquisite jewelry, and Swarovski jewelry it the leader in the market. Waterford, Baccarat Orrefors, Murano Ravenscroft and Hoya are among the most recognized names in crystal. Fine crystal contains lead oxide; twentyfour percent is the highest it can contain and still ensure the brilliance that has made them sought after all over the world. The artisans of the time experimented by adding lead to the glass to be able to change its characteristics. They were able to produce a silvery item that with careful cutting became beautiful crystal.
Crystal dates back to Mesopotamia. Its intended use was for jewelry, pottery, and decorations. It was in its native state and only the aristocracy of the time.
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