Jewelry Trends 2020: Do You Have the Right Supplies?

Jewelry Trends 2020: Do You Have the Right Supplies?

Have you fully-stocked your beading supplies to keep up with 2020s most exciting jewelry trends? This fashion-forward year is well underway, and bold, colorful designs are in the spotlight. Say goodbye to simple chains and warm up to these big statement pieces!

Stock Up So You Can Keep Up with these HUGELY Popular 2020 Jewelry Trends

  • Bold An Funky
    Hoops never go out of style, and this season’s hoops are big and bold, putting unique takes on funky classics with unexpected shapes and eccentric combinations. How will you personalize our sterling silver and gold-filled endless hoops?
  • Layered Pieces
    Simple, single strands are being crowded out by multiple layers of jewelry, such as layers of bold, chunky stone beads in different colors, or a few strands of multicolored metallics in different lengths.
  • Mix & Match Earrings
    Forget matchy-matchy designs. Mix and match earrings are where it’s at for 2020 if you want to stay ahead of the game. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, such as studs and hoops, or mixed metals. Look to Adeam, who favored this style in her Fall 2019 collection for inspiration.
  • Beach-Inspired 
    Both intricate and simple beach-inspired designs are also on trend this year, such as shimmering Swarovski starfish pendants and pearls, and dolphinshell pendant or charm additions paired with bold colored or intricate designs.
  • Warm Gemstones
    Warm colored gemstones are taking over this year. Find the season’s hottest colors in shimmering Swarovski crystal pendantsflat back stones, and other gemstone beads in shades of champagne, gold, turmeric, citrine, orange, reds, and neutral chocolate browns. Pair this trend with others on this list, or create your own unique style, for a truly trendy look.
  • Pearls
    Classic pearls go beyond celebrity galas and formal events. This previously traditional look is undergoing a funky transformation in 2020, from simple strings to extravagant designs. Create your own with stunning Swarovski pearls, creating interesting hoops that extend to ear cuffs, or creating sophisticated, multilayered stacked designs using strings of different sizes. Move beyond classic colors, embracing vibrant variations or mixing pearls with gold.
  • Personalized Nameplates
    Hello 90s! Nameplates are back! Spell out your name, your story, zodiac sign, mood, life’s goals, showcasing them around your neck.
  • Chunky and Bold gold-filled Chains
    Like a flashback to Mr. T’s 80s persona, thick gold-filled chains are also back, making a retro statement around the neck or wrists. Don’t be afraid to go big with links. Such large, fun flair can really pull together even the most modest outfit.

2020 jewelry trends have a lot of inspiration to offer. Which ones are calling to you? Stock up for an exciting new decade of jewelry design. Shop our catalog of beautiful, affordable wholesale beads and supplies online at Crystal Findings today.

What are Swarovski Crystals Made Of?

What are Swarovski Crystals Made Of?

Swarovski crystals are highly sought for their crystal clear, sparkling brilliance. A surprisingly affordable alternative to diamonds and precious stones, what gives Swarovski crystals beads their legendary sparkle?

A Diamond for Everyone

Though no one knows precisely what Swarovski crystals are made of, it remains a coveted family secret to this day, they are a form of glass. Swarovski inventor Daniel Swarovski, the son of a glass cutter, dreamed of a design that offered the sparkle of a diamond, yet was affordable to everyone. He invented an electric glass cutting machine that could cut glass with incredible accuracy.

Mystery Mix

Though the Swarovski family has owned the Wattens, Austria crystal factory since 1892 and safeguards the ingredient recipe for its crystals to this day, we do know some of the ingredients used to make Swarovski crystals. These include a mix of red lead, quartz sand, sodium carbonate, and potash. The last was a unique addition at the time, revolutionizing the industry. It creates a clear, malleable glass that is easily shaped.

Glorious Geometry

The ingredients in the mix are heated to an extremely high temperature, then melted into glass and cut by Swarovski’s patented machines. Today the company’s gemstone designs are aided by computer technology, which helps designers calculate the angles that will best reflect light and improve the glimmering effects of the crystals.

A Little Something Extra

In addition to its proprietary crystal recipe, Swarovski also adds special touches to its crystals with metallic chemical coatings. One of the most famous coating inventions was for the spectacular Christian Dior crystal, which was dubbed the ‘Aurora Borealis effect’ after the multicolored changing hues of the Northern Lights. This coating remains popular to this day.

An Expansive Line of Offerings

The Swarovski crystal line continues to evolve to match the desires of designers and jewelry aficionados.  Because of the diamond-like shimmer of the crystals, many popular options mimic precious gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and rare colored diamonds, some of which are quite difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Still, newer options employ the company’s revered cutting method to produce unique, shimmering bead shapes from flowers and stars to helixes, aquiline, and galactic beads. Popular Swarovski beading options today include:

When shopping for Swarovski crystals, beware of imitators. The quality of genuine Swarovski crystals is unsurpassed. Protect yourself from purchasing inferior, unlicensed products by purchasing from an authorized reseller. Learn how to make sure you’re purchasing true Swarovski crystal.

Find the perfect Swarovski gemstone to complement your next design. Shop premium Swarovski certified reseller Crystal Findings for a wide selection of the latest Swarovski bead designs and accompanying beading supplies today.

Buying Swarovski Crystals for Jewelry Making

Buying Swarovski Crystals for Jewelry Making

Swarovski crystals beads and pendants have a well-earned reputation for their luxurious good looks, making them a popular choice in jewelry making. Unfortunately, this popularity comes at a cost in the form of subpar, unlicensed, imitation products. To protect your business’ reputation with beautiful, premium, lasting jewelry, we’ve put together these tips to ensure you get the Swarovski crystal beads and pendants you’re paying for.

How to Make Sure You’re Purchasing True Swarovski Crystal

Real Swarovski crystal beads are crystal clear, machine-cut, absolutely identical, and produced to the highest quality standards. To avoid disappointment, look for these features of a true Swarovski crystal:

  1. Look for clarity.
    Like a diamond, Swarovski crystals should be brilliantly clear and bubble and blemish-free. The special proprietary formulation and manufacturing process the company uses are a secret, and cannot be duplicated by imitators. Bubbles immediately indicate a fake, as these stones would never pass Swarovski’s rigorous production demands and quality control procedures.
  2. Inspect surface luster.
    The surface of Swarovski crystals should be crystal clear, with no swirl marks, oily sheen, or blemishes. Imitators often have scratches, swirl marks, a cloudy or oily sheen, and other imperfections.
  3. Confirm a uniform cut.
    Swarovski crystal pendants and beads are machine cut. Each crystal should be identical and each crystal should share the same precise height, width, slope dimensions and color(s). The complicated and precise cuts of Swarovski crystals are a technological feat, with light refraction first calculated by computer, then simulated in 3-D, and later optimized and converted for precise cutting on complex and technologically advanced Swarovski machinery.
  4. Check the direction of facets.
    All facets and junctures on Swarovski crystals will point up, meeting at a single, precise point, similar to the facets on a diamond. The facets of imitators will not meet in a perfect point.
  5. Expect superior sparkle.
    The special glass formulation used in Swarovski crystals will outshine all beads of lesser quality. This can be easily confirmed with a side-by-side comparison to known Swaroski crystals.
  6. On arrival, inspect your crystals.
    Look for signature Swarovski packaging. Bulk purchases from a jewelry making supplies wholesaler should arrive in clearly branded, sealed envelopes. The latest packaging includes a sparkling silver Swarovski hologram. When you open the envelope, make sure your crystals are not strung. Only Swarovski pearls are delivered this way.
  7. Buy from an authorized reseller.
    Crystal Findings is one of America’s very few authorized Swarovski resellers, supplying you with sparkling beads, pendants, rondelles, and flat back stones in a wide variety of crystal sizes, shapes, and colors.

Don’t fall for imitators. Safeguard the future of your jewelry and your brand reputation. Shop the wide variety of certified Swarovski crystals and beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

What is so special about Swarovski Crystals?

What is so special about Swarovski Crystals?

Why are Swarovski crystal beads so unique? Synonymous with the highest quality, there are many facets to these stunning stones that make them stand out from lackluster competitors in the market. Why should you choose certified Swarovski crystals for your next jewelry making project?

Choose Swarovski for Superior Clarity, Sparkle & Brilliance

A favorite of top-notch fashion designers from Christian Dior, who aided in their creation, to Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, the secret manufacturing process of Swarovski crystals results in a spectacular stone that emits an explosion of rainbow sparkles. What is known about how Swarovski crystals are made? The proprietary method of creating these manmade stones, a favorite of jewelry designers, involves a combination of quartz sand and other minerals including lead, which help maximize the refraction in the crystals. Once formed, each crystal is precisely cut with the company’s patented cutting machines, then polished, and sometimes coated for effect. This combination results in a multitude of facets, as many as 100, each bend capable of refracting light in different directions. This patented, complicated manufacturing process makes these spectacular crystals more expensive than dull bargain doppelgangers.

Choose Swarovski Crystals for a High-End Look Superior to Glass Beads

Featured in classic, elegant designs, from the giant crystal on top of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree to Swarovski crystal pendants adorning designer jewelry, handbags, and clothing, Swarovski stones emanate luxury. Though named ‘crystals,’ science aficionados will be quick to point out Swarovski creations aren’t actually crystals at all. They are closer to a gemstone, with a higher refraction index than true crystal and actually similar to a diamond, though manmade. In fact, their Austrian creator David Swarovksi, dreamed of Swarovski stones offering a more accessible “diamond for everyone.”

Choose Swarovski Crystals if You Want to Steal the Show

Since their creation in 1892, Swarovski crystals have been featured in movies and worn by starlets for over a century. They have graced the clothing of Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 classic Blond Venus,adorned Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,and encrusted Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’stiara. More recently, took the spotlight at the 2018 Academy Awards, over 45-million crystals decorating the stage.

Stand out from the competition with crystals that are a cut above the competition. Shop the wide array of Swarovski crystal beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Jewelry Making 101: It Is Easier Than You Think

Jewelry Making 101: It Is Easier Than You Think

Making your own jewelry isn’t difficult once you take a class or two and depend on certain manuals to teach you the basics. A good bead supply store like Crystal Findings is a great source, because they have experts who know the ins and outs of all types of Beaded Jewelry. So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can easily get the assistance you need to make beautiful pieces of jewelry for yourself or to sell to others. Whether you’re looking for colorful stone beads or sterling silver beads for jewelry making, you can find them easily in the right store, because their selection is always second to none. You can find all types of supplies for making all types of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and earrings, bringing you one step closer to creating your next masterpiece.

Get as Creative as You Like

When you’re making your own jewelry, you don’t have to follow a specific set of directions, because once you learn the basics of jewelry making, you can spread out on your own and create items that are truly unique. Once you find the right custom jewelry making supplies, you can do it all – bright-colored earrings or silver necklaces, or even bracelets made with gems or stones. In one short shopping session, you can find everything you need to make these and many other items, including beads, chains of all types, pearls, findings, ring sizers, bead counters, glue and other adhesives, and even cords and stretch wire. In other words, if you can think up a design for a piece of jewelry in your head, it is easy to create i, because it is easy to find the supplies you need to make it.

Something for Everyone

Jewelry-making supplies include something for everyone, so whether your jewelry is flashy and bold or more subtle and toned down, finding the right supplies is easier than you think. You can choose sterling silver alphabet letter beads to make that special piece of personalized jewelry for someone’s birthday, or basic pearls of all colors to create something more subdued. Best of all, making extraordinary jewelry doesn’t have to cost a fortune, because you can create something special without spending a lot of money. However, if you do want something more elegant and formal, you can try using Swarovski beads and crystals, which are high-quality gems that sparkle and shine, regardless of what you’re making with them.

Making jewelry is a lot of fun, and the basics are simple enough for anyone to learn. Finding the right supplies is easy and allows you to get exactly what you’re looking for every time. This is one hobby that offers something for everyone, and it is not likely one you’ll regret trying.