Austrian Crystals

Considered to be a rhinestone, these beautiful beads are handmade using a process traditionally known for cutting hand-blown glass. Austria is the world leader in the production of precision-cut crystals, which are clear but glow with a rainbow of colors.

While there are a few companies in the world manufacturing crystal beads, the leader in the industry is SwarovskiDaniel Swarovski, a young man from Bohemia, invented and patented a crystal cutting machine in 1892. In 1895, he moved his family and his factory from Bohemia to the town of Wattens, high in the Alps of Austria. Here, he had the water he needed to run his machines, and he was far away from the competition. In 1913, With his three sons, Wilhelm, Friedrich and Alfred, Daniel Swarovski built a plant for the production of crystal, in order to provide raw material of the highest quality.

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