FAQ for 2021 Swarovski Crystal Changes:
What does "exiting the DIY market" mean?
Effective March 2021, Swarovski is no longer producing loose parts (beads, pendants, rivolis, flatbacks, cupchain, chandelier crystals, etc.) for individuals and businesses to use in their own custom creations. We had a lot of fun working with Swarovski over the past decades, and we're sad that it's drawing to an end. We will miss all the wonderful colors and shapes of Swarovski crystals that we've worked with and used in our example jewelry over the years.
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.
When Will Swarovski Crystal Go on Sale?
Because every Swarovski item is basically now a "Limited Edition" irreplaceable special item... get them while you can. We no longer offer discounts and sales on Swarovski crystals.
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 for the DIY market ended at the end of March, and Swarovski is only allowing each distributor to spend a certain percent of what we spent with them in 2020. With the increase in demand that we've seen since Swarovski made their announcement, this budget didn't allow us to restock everything we want, and we've already run out of many items.
Swarovski is still shipping items to us, but aren't sure which items they'll ship. If we know for sure that we can't restock it, then we've removed it from our website so it doesn't tease you. We are hopeful about the remainder, but there are no guarantees. If you see an item you need, but it's out of stock on our website, we recommend back-ordering it, so that if/when we receive our backorders from Swarovski, the item is already reserved for you.
Although we're very sad to see our partnership with Swarovski fading away, we're also excited about new crystals and colorful supplies that we'll be bringing in to replace them. New bicone beads, flatbacks, crystal pearls and leaded-glass suncatchers (that produce brilliant rainbows) are now trickling in!
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.
Rings & Things is a Swarovski Authorized Reseller. See Certificate (PDF)