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Swarovski Crystal Beads Vs Glass Beads

June 28, 2019

Swarovski Crystal Beads Vs Glass Beads

When you’re trying to choose the best beads to work with in your craft projects, you generally have two choices. You can either opt for glass or crystal beads.

Both come with their own advantages, but what’s the actual difference between them? Here, we’ll look at some of the differences between Swarovski crystal beads and glass beads to help you make the best choice.

What are Swarovski crystal beads?

Swarovski crystal beads are the most popular type of crystal beads on the market. Crystals are typically made by adding minerals to standard glass. This is what provides that tell-tale sparkle, giving it a much higher reflection rate. However, it’s also the cut that makes them so sought after. The Swarovski factories use sophisticated cutting machinery to produce perfectly cut crystals every time.

What are glass beads?

Glass beads are typically created using just glass. However, some do contain a few additional additives such as calcium oxide or sodium carbonate. They are a lot cheaper than crystal beads and don’t quite feature the same level of sparkle.

The cuts on glass beads are also a lot less precise. You’ll also notice that glass beads tend to have a firmer feel than crystal varieties.

How to choose the best type of beads for your project

When choosing the type of beads you need for your project, there’s a few things to consider. Your budget will play a role as the glass beads are much cheaper than Swarovski crystal beads. However, if you’re going to be using them to create products to sell, you might want to invest in the crystal beads as they will generate a lot more interest and a higher value.

You should also consider the longevity of the beads. When creating jewellery, Swarovski crystal beads are definitely the best option due to their beauty and resilience.

At Bluestreak Crystals, we stock the entire Swarovski crystal beads range. You can buy them in single or wholesale packs and they’re available in a wide range of designs. Browse our collection today and see just how magnificent these crystals truly are. You can also compare them to our Bicone beads, which also come in a great choice of designs.


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Swarovski® Crystals Size Chart & Guide

The official Swarovski Crystal Size Chart can be found below. To download / print a PDF version of this colour chart, please click here.

Swarovski crystals and beads size chart and guide