How to Tell a Genuine Swarovski

Written by jaimie zinski
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The Swarovski company was started in the late 19th century and still produces some of the most well-known crystal products in the world. Swarovski crystals are manufactured from quartz and are utilised in diverses pieces that range from jewellery to figurines to chandeliers. Swarovski crystal pieces are far more expensive than glass because of the extensive cutting and polishing used in production. Spotting fake Swarovski products can save you from wasting money on inferior counterfeit crystal products that may bear the Swarovski name.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look inside the crystal. If you see any bubbles, then it is not a genuine Swarovski crystal.

  2. 2

    Purchase Swarovski crystals that are packaged in genuine Swarovski boxes and packaging. These will be of higher quality and bear the "Swarovski" name--spelt correctly!

  3. 3

    Watch for swirl marks or scratches on the surface of the crystal. These imperfections are a sign that Swarovski vacuum processing was not used. The surface of an inferior product will also appear oily.

  4. 4

    Placing a genuine Swarovski crystal next to a crystal manufactured by another company will allow you to see that Swarovski crystals generally shine brighter than a crystal of lesser quality.

  5. 5

    Cutting by machine makes each Swarovski crystal identical. The facet junctures inside the crystal will also always point upward.

  6. 6

    Purchase Swarovski crysals from authorised Swarovski dealers.

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