About Grey Pearl jewellery materials
Semi precious stones
For collectors at heart collecting pebbles or stones is often the first step to a passion.
For me it was. Limited to pebbles, shape and finish ruled the pick, with pure white or black ranking highest for lack of bright colours. The dream of finding a colored crystal drove me to books, which sealed the interest.
Finally getting to use stones and minerals is closing the circle. Knowing a bit about how stones look in their raw state makes the "real thing" more attractive. For the most part I prefer to use natural stone - not reconstituted, dyed or deceptively treated stones. That is, unless a treatment has become the expected standard for a certain stone, like heat treatment to change or intensify colour.
Heat treatment is not a new thing. Take Carnelian; clever craftsmen in India knew way before CE, that leaving the stone out in the sun to heat up would intensify its red colour.
Black onyx is another example of tradition - saturated with burnt sugar for a deep black.
The stones originate from different parts of the world, but i source from European companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Guided by the rainbow, I chose my stones to reflect its range of colours. Grey Pearl has two selections, each in seven colours; one opaque and one semi-transparent/transparent. See list at bottom of page.
Semi precious stones for the Berry Chains
A list with photos and descriptions of the most common stones in the Berry Chain collection is coming soon. Please check back later.
Opaque stones by colour
Semi transparent by colour
White - howlite, white agate
Grey - larvikite
black - snowflake odsidian, black agete
Brown - tiger eye
The clear neutrals:
White - rock crystal,
Grey - labradorite
Brown - smoke quartz
Swarovski for the Coco Chains
About Swarovski® Crystal Pearls
Crystal Pearls by Swarovski are made with a crystal core. Their unparalleled harmonious and lustrous shimmer is achieved using a unique coating technology developed by Swarovski. Their production method combines the quality of a perfect crystal core with the exquisite beauty of a pearl coating. The innovative technology by Swarovski gives the pearl a lusterous glow, which appears to be radiating from within the pearl itself. Strictest quality controls ensure each Crystal Pearl is absolutely flawless. (Text by Swarovski, slightly modified)
Swarovski - the secret ingredient
Or not so very secret at all, as Swarovski is the master of branding. All though, their crystal pearls are not screaming Swarovski like the crystal.
Both crystal pearls and crystal beads are used in Grey Pearl designs, When manmade means brilliance, I'm a big fan of manmade. Using Swarovski's products means brilliance on every level.
About Swarovski® Crystals
Founded in 1895 - the Swarovski company has been making - and innovating - the ultimate crystal beads, crystal pearls, pendants and rhinestones. Swarovski® Crystals are precision-cut lead crystals created through a patented technology by Swarovski A.G.
Swarovski's crystals contain approximately 32% lead oxide while normal crystal glass has only 12-28 %. This increased lead content refracts light more efficiently, adding more lustre and sparkle to each crystal bead. The lead also adds to the weight.
Swarovski® implements the strictest quality control in the
procuction process and all their crystal is still made in Austria.
The real thing
What to look for to recognise the genuine article when shopping for Swarovski crystal:
Cut and holes. The real thing has sparkling, sharp facets. Lateley, Swarovski introduced a new faceted pattern called "Xillion" cut.
This faceting pattern alternates narrow and wide facets and reflects more light, for more sparkle.
The big pendants have beautifully bevelled holes.
Weight. Due to the higher lead content the weight of a Swarovski crystal is higher than a similar sized crystal of another brand.
Packaging. Notice the paper texture and the holographic logo.
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