Sparkling crystal beads are a staple of the jewelry industry, for making dangles, adding shimmering color to bead strands, creating bead bouquets, beadweaving elaborate collars, and much more. They're also essential ingredients in many indoor and outdoor suncatchers.
We've carried Swarovski crystals since the late 1970's, so the news that Swarovski is leaving the DIY market came as quite a shock. However, this news is also allowing us to branch out and discover beautiful, nicely priced alternatives. No two manufacturers are identical, and you will see color and style differences between these luxury crystal brands.
Each bead manufacturer has slightly different names for their colors, or slightly different colors for their names. Preciosa's rose is slightly peachier than Swarovski's rose, and the various shades of topaz, while all lovely, do not compare directly from one manufacturer to the other.