Fancy Stones are offered in numerous shapes ranging from classical gemstone-inspired cuts to progressive trend cuts. They come in a huge assortment of different sizes and colors and can be glued into pre-cast cavities or used in metal settings.
Swarovski Fancy Stones: A Triumph of the imagination
Precision-cut crystal doesn’t come more imaginative, or indeed more playful, than Swarovski Fancy Stones. With an assortment that ranges from elegant, gemstone-inspired cuts to fashion-forward, trend-led designs, taking in geometric shapes and cosmic symbols along the way, it is no surprise that Fancy Stones are among Swarovski’s most popular crystal product categories. What’s more, they are available in a multitude of sizes and colors.
Thanks to their eye-catching designs and extraordinary brilliance—a feature of all Swarovski crystals—Fancy Stones work well as the hero element in a jewelry design. Fancy Stones are designed with faceted or flat reverse sides, and can be glued into pre-cast cavities; alternatively, Swarovski offers specially designed settings that match individual stones. This allows for a huge range of possible applications, which is yet another reason why they are so loved by jewelry and accessory designers the world over.
Who are Fancy Stones for?
Fancy Stones are a rich source of inspiration, as well as being extremely versatile thanks to the different application methods available. Whether designing on a small or large scale,
Fancy Stones are ideal for embellishing jewelry, accessories, DIY, and apparel, including swimwear. Fancy Stones make stunning statements used as clasps for handbags or clutches, or as a focal point design element in big, bold jewelry.
What are Fancy Stones’ Details?
Of all Swarovski’s product groups, Fancy Stones is the most diverse in terms of shape. Classic designs take their cue from traditional gemstones, so expect to find elegant many-faceted Navette, Baguette and Princess cuts, among others. Those in search of more trend-led crystals will be delighted by quirky designs such as the Delta Fancy Stone and Tilted Chaton. More figurative examples include the Hand of Fatima, Buddha and Eye designs. Precision cutting using Swarovski’s patented technology ensures that every design catches and refracts light in a way that intensifies brilliance and color. Both these qualities are further amplified by their foil coating, which reflects light back through the crystal.
The vast range of colors and effects adds to Swarovski Fancy Stones’ allure. In sizes from 15mm to 190mm, the palette takes in all colors in the spectrum, from classic semi-precious jewel hues such as Amethyst, Aquamarine and Peridot, through Chrysolite Opal and White Opal, to shimmering transparent effects and metallic effects such as Crystal Paradise Shine and Crystal Metallic Sunshine.
Where/When Should Fancy Stones Be Used?
These stunning crystals work well as a standalone or hero element in a bold jewelry piece, or to embellish an accessory, such as a decorative clasp on a handbag, or to light up a fashionable item of apparel. They can also be incorporated into more complex designs together with other Swarovski product groups—Fancy Stones offer infinite creative possibilities. [See Color Chart]
Why Swarovski Fancy Stones?
Chief among the reasons why Swarovski Fancy Stones are so beloved of designers and DIY enthusiasts alike is the sheer size of the product category. The palette features 53 colors, 27 effects, 5 Crystal Lacquer Powder effects, 11 Crystal Shiny Lacquer effects, and 5 Crystal Patina effects. In addition, there are around 70 shapes to choose from. Each boasts unparalleled clarity and brilliance—no inclusions and streaks, just the sort of pure perfection that you expect form Swarovski; color homogeneity within each style is guaranteed across all sizes. Made according to Swarovski’s patented, lead-free* Advanced Quality formula, Swarovski Fancy Stones are endlessly versatile, and can be purchased in small or wholesale packs.
* Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009% (90ppm) lead or less.
How Are Fancy Stones Applied?
Fancy Stones are usually set in specially designed brass components. Each setting is designed for a specific Fancy Stone design, ensuring that the crystal is held in place, which makes possible several application techniques. Beautiful jewelry pieces can be created by setting each crystal into a prong setting, and bending the metal claws over the edges to secure it while still allowing the light to shine through. Alternatively, Fancy Stones can be glued into pre-cast cavities; positioned in corresponding cast metal settings; or simply sewn on as a pendant or a connector.