FAQ for 2021 Swarovski Crystal Changes:
What does "exiting the DIY market" mean?
After March 2021, Swarovski will no longer produce and sell loose parts (beads, pendants, rivolis, flatbacks, cupchain, chandelier crystals, etc.) for individuals and businesses to use in their own creations.
Is Swarovski closing?
No, but they are changing their direction. We've heard and read conflicting information about exactly what this means, but if you search online for topics like: Swarovski News, or Swarovski Board Decisions, you’ll find announcements and articles about the decision and possible directions, in fashion magazines, financial news reports, and newspapers around the world.
Expect Order Delays
Due to the increased demand for Swarovski crystals, and the constraints of social distancing, please be aware that orders containing Swarovski crystals are likely to take a few extra days to leave our warehouse.
How much longer will Swarovski crystals be available?
That's hard to say. Production ceases at the end of March, and then Swarovski is allowing each distributor to do our normal monthly spending through June 2021. With the increase in demand that we've seen since Swarovski made their announcement, this budget doesn't allow us to restock the slower sellers that are just "fun" but might not be anyone's essentials, so we will focus on the things you say you need most.
How do you let us know you need an item? Order now. If you wait, it may not be available. We currently have lots of Swarovski favorites in stock and ready for filling orders (see "Quantity Available" in item listings). If we're already wiped out of a Swarovski crystal that you need for your business or future projects, we recommend back-ordering at least a full factory pack before March 2021 to ensure that we restock your essential item while it's still being manufactured. After March 2021, we will continue to purchase what we can through June 2021, and then we'll sell our dwindling supply until it's gone.
What is the minimum order to ensure that an item gets ordered?
There is no guarantee that we'll be able to get all colors in all shapes. Swarovski factories are affected by the same social distancing that much of the rest of the world is affected by, so if you order a few dozen of a color that isn't a top seller, it's possible that they won't make more before they cease production forever. This is why we recommend ordering full factory packs now.
How many are in a factory pack?
Factory packs vary depending on the size and style of the item. We've added Factory Pack details to the "Additional Specs" section in each Swarovski item description.
Here's an example from a 4mm bicone bead:
Advanced Crystal: Since 2012, all Swarovski crystal beads, crystal pendants and other crystal jewelry components are produced using Advanced Crystal, an innovative lead-free formula (containing .009% lead or less). Special polishing, perfect cut, exact geometry and precise angles draw out maximum brilliance. Advanced Crystal offers discerning customers crystal of the highest quality, while ensuring that Swarovski products meet and surpass legislation, regulations and industry standards. As a result of Advanced Crystal, Swarovski continues to be the benchmark for safe, beautiful crystal beads, crystal pendants, and other crystal jewelry components.
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