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Swarovski‘s Crystal Categories: What Makes Each of Them Special

When you need to understand how the myriad cuts, shapes, colors and effects in Swarovski’s assortment can add brilliance to your designs, this overview will make your choices clear.

Round Stones

Ultra-brilliant, closest to a diamond, a pointed reverse makes them easy to set

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Fancy Stones

Any shape except round – their huge variety offers unlimited creative potential

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Flat Backs No Hotfix

It’s the flat reverse that makes gluing easy on all kinds of materials

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Flat Backs Hotfix

Here the flat reverse is pre-coated with glue for ironing onto textiles

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Beads

A smooth-edged hole allows easy beading. Myriad shapes offer endless possibilities

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Crystal Pearls

Replicas of real pearls, a through-hole offers unlimited design options

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Pendants

Timelessly elegant, a top hole makes them simple to use in all kinds of designs

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Sew-on Stones

Two or more holes positioned identically ensure ease of use in all sorts of designs

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Round Stones shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Round Stone

Closest to the Diamond

Round Stones

Swarovski takes the crystal one step closer to the diamond with its Round Stones, amongst which the XIRIUS Chaton is the brightest star. PlatinumPRO foiling is what adds the extra brilliance and ensures maximum durability. Unlike cubic zirconia, Round Stones are highly resistant to environmental influences such as perfume, sweat and chlorine, and they can be glued without losing any sparkle. They offer the widest assortment, and most have a pointed reverse for easy fixing into metal claw settings or pre-set cavities. The smallest in the category is the XERO Chaton at only 0.75mm (PP0) and was specially developed for the jewelry business.

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Fancy Stones shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Fancy Stone

Endless Possibilities

Fancy Stones

Available in more than 80 different shapes (except round), ranging from the classic gemstone-inspired cuts to striking trend-based silhouettes, Fancy Stones also offer a huge range of sizes and colors. What’s more, they can be glued into pre-cast cavities or used in metal settings. Each one comes with its own setting, allowing for a wide variety of application possibilities, including – but not limited to – sewing, soldering and gluing. Their precision-cut facets ensure the highest brilliance and bring a unique sparkle to your designs.

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Flat Backs No Hotfix shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Flat Backs No Hotfix

Flat for Gluing

Flat Backs No Hotfix

Available in 58 colors and 43 effects, Flat Backs No Hotfix have a flat side that is backed with PlatinumPRO foiling to give extra brilliance and protection. They can be easily applied to a variety of materials using standard glues appropriate to the surface they are being fixed to. The most brilliant of the Flat Backs No Hotfix is XIRIUS Rose, but all have superior luminescence and rich, well-balanced light refraction. The result is a redefinition of the market standard, lending extraordinary sparkle to apparel, accessories and footwear, as well as home décor and many more objects.

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Flat Backs Hotfix shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Flat Back Hotfix

Flat for Ironing On

Flat Backs Hotfix

Flat Backs Hotfix have a flat side, which comes pre-coated with heat-sensitive glue. This makes them very easy to apply to a wide range of materials using either an ordinary iron or a heat press set at 120ºC. Choose from a multitude of shapes and sizes in 59 colors and 44 effects, which, even after regular washing, stay firmly in place and keep on shining. In fact, their top quality has earned them the lowest rejection rates in the industry.

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Beads shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Bead

Wonderfully versatile

Beads

These are crystals that have a clear through-hole that achieves high brilliance and clarity, with rounded edges to reduce wear and tear on the thread. They come in an array of 54 shapes, 81 colors and 51 effects, opening up countless possibilities for creating different combinations and designs. As well as beading, they can be used for wirework, stringing and weaving.

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Crystal Pearls shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Crystal Pearl

Naturally Beautiful

Crystal Pearls

To achieve a perfect replica of a natural pearl, a crystal core is covered with an innovative coating to create a flawless, silky smooth, lustrous surface. Just like real pearls, Crystal Pearls adapt to the skin’s warmth, and they even weigh the same; but unlike the genuine article, they boast a huge variety of shapes and colors, which encourages unlimited creativity and allows for mixing and matching with other colorful crystals. Furthermore, the special coating is highly durable and will not bleach or peel, plus the smooth-edged hole reduces wear and tear on the thread.

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Pendants shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Pendant

Simply Stunning

Pendants

Featuring a hole at the top and available in a diverse range of cuts and 85 shapes, from the classic to the avant-garde, as well as 56 colors and 40 effects, Pendants offer incredible versatility and timeless elegance. As well as being perfect for using as a centerpiece or an item of statement jewelry, a wide range of sizes makes them ideal for creating matching jewelry suites consisting of a necklace, bracelet and earring. Simply attach them to a cord, jump ring, or pinch bail.

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Sew-on Stones shortly explained

Technical sketch of a Swarovski Sew-on Stone

Standardized for Speed

Sew-on Stones

What makes Sew-on Stones different is that they are long lasting and so easy to use. With two-or three holes – always in exactly the same position – including round, oval and triangular, sewing machines can be set with ease and crystals can be attached quickly. Secondly, the smooth edges of the holes reduce wear on the thread. They are the perfect choice for delicate fabrics that cannot withstand heat. Furthermore, their large holes allow them to be used for jewelry as well as fine embroidery. Choose from 28 shapes, 14 colors and 11 effects.

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